Three Gilmour Academy Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists
Three seniors – Eric Brandt ’21, Mollie Edmondson ’21 and Joseph Rottinghaus '21 - were notified Wednesday that they have been named National Merit Semifinalists.
More than 1.5 million juniors took the qualifying test – the PSAT – last fall, and of those 1.5 million students, only 16,000 students nationally earned the Semifinalist distinction. Semifinalists can then advance to the Finalist level of the competition after submitting a detailed scholarship application. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation states that the student must “have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.” Approximately 15,000 students are expected to be named Finalists. Of those Finalists, 7,600 will earn the Merit Scholar designation and National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $30 million.