Pickerington Times-Sun

Three students named National Merit semifinalists


Three Pickerington high school seniors this month were named semifinalists for National Merit scholarships.

Sept. 12, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists for the 58th National Merit Scholarship Program.

Among them were Pickerington High School Central senior Tynan Douglas, and Pickerington High School North seniors Kristen Eisenhauer and Kyle Planck.

The three now are in the running for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth a total of more than $32 million.

Those scholarship awards are expected to be announced next spring, after the National Merit Scholarship Corp. whittles its list of hopefuls to finalists this winter.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition that began in 1955.

High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test -- a test that serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.5-million entrants each year -- and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.

Semifinalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. provides scholarship application materials to semifinalists through their high schools.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corp., about 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship.

Scholarships are underwritten by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. with its own funds, and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions.