The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual competition for college undergraduate awards in which secondary school students who rank at the top of the academic ability scale are identified and publicly honored. Students enter these competitions by taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test at a designated time during the high school curriculum. Students ranking among the top 34,000 in the nation are designated “Commended Scholars” by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Of those 34,000, only about 16,000 of them were named “Semifinalists.” Semifinalists are eligible to continue in the competition for about 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards.
Joseph has met all the requirements to advance to “Finalist” standing in the competition. He will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.