Brainerd High School (BHS) seniors Audrey Lothspeich and Timothy Nelson were recently named semifinalists for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
More than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 22,000 U.S. high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.