Five FHSD Seniors Selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Posted on 09/12/2019
National Merit Semifinalists 2020

The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that five FHSD students have been named Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. These seniors are among 16,000 Semifinalists chosen as part of the annual academic competition. The Semifinalists, who were selected based on scores on a PSAT qualifying test, will compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million, to be awarded in the spring. The FHSD Semifinalists are:

Francis Howell High School

  • Andrea Lin
  • Isabella Reed

Francis Howell Central

  • Brent Harfmann
  • Logan Nachtrab

Francis Howell North

  • Joanna Dohrman

“We are very proud of our students who performed well on the PSAT and qualified to be included in this prestigious group,” said Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nathan Hoven. “This is a very rigorous process, and our students still have more work to do in order to be selected as finalists. We also appreciate that the scholarships are based on more than just test scores, and in order to qualify as finalists, these students must be very active in school and the community as well.”  

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To become a Finalist, these students must submit a detailed scholarship application which includes information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by a high school administrator, write an essay, and earn an SAT score that confirms the earlier test performance.

In addition to scholarships awarded by the non-profit National Merit Scholarship Program, more than 200 corporations will provide about 1,000 corporate-sponsored awards. Colleges and universities will finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

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