Local students named semifinalists of 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program

12 years ago

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including four students of the Maine School of Science Mathematics.

Local semifinalists include Isaac Goldman of Orono, Stephen Gross of Camden, Rachel Olugbemi of Presque Isle and Imogen Page of East Blue Hill.

Semifinalists now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, collectively 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 the competition.

From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level and in February they will be notified of this designation.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.