Tiffany was among six Lindbergh High School seniors named 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program semi-finalists. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
According to Lindbergh High School online report published on Sept 17th, six Lindbergh seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Vidhan Srivastava, RJ Mohr, Tiffany Lee, Ananya Benegal, Becky Bavlsik and Allison Mather are six of approximately 16,000 semifinalists named nationwide. These academically talented seniors have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million, which will be awarded next spring.
About 1.5 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). This serves as an initial screen of program entrants. Of these entrants, some 16,000 Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis, in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the nation’s high school graduating seniors. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of the state’s seniors.
To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists have to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist submits a detailed scholarship application, which includes writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also have to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 meet Finalist requirements. By the conclusion of the competition, about 7,800 Finalists are selected to receive prestigious National Merit Scholarships totaling nearly $35 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Scholarship winners represent less than 1% of the initial pool of student entrants (about 0.5% based on official statistics released by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation