Five FHSD students among National Merit scholarship semifinalists

Posted on 09/28/2022
These five FHSD students are National Merit Semifinalists

Five Francis Howell School District students have been named 2023 National Merit Scholarship Competition semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) – an honor reserved for less than 1% of high school seniors.

These students now have the opportunity to compete next spring for scholarships worth nearly $28 million.

FHSD semifinalists include:

Anna Mori – Francis Howell Central
Julia Pfeiffer – Francis Howell High School
Katelyn Voges – Francis Howell Central 
Manisha Muthukaruppan – Francis Howell North
Trinity Young – Francis Howell High School

The National Merit Scholarship program honors students who show "exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies," according to an NMSC news release.

The semifinalists, now seniors, entered the program as juniors in high school by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors. 

"To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test," the release states.

More than 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to finalists. They will be notified in February. Scholarship winners will be selected from the group of finalists based on their skill level, accomplishments, and potential for success in college. Winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases from April to July 2023.
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