17 BPS Students Named Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program
Viera, FL -- The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Of these 16,000 academically talented high school seniors, 17 represent Brevard Public Schools:
Phoenix S. Boggs, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
Alexander S. Budko, West Shore Jr/Sr High School
William C. Fitzpatrick, Melbourne High School
Yuliang Huang, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
Nikhil H. Iyer, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
Logan L. Jenkins, West Shore Jr/Sr High School
Shane A. Layman, Viera High School
Nishant R. Mehta, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
Thien-y A. Nguyen, West Shore Jr/Sr High School
Ria S. Prasad, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
Vihaan Puskur, West Shore Jr/Sr High School
Nathan P. Rao, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
Cameron J. Santiago, Viera High School
Chloe E. Seifert, West Shore Jr/Sr High School
Erin L. Stolen, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
Thomas A. Tibbetts, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School
Surina Venkat, West Shore Jr/Sr High School
Semifinalists were selected based on top Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores, taken during their junior year.
Several requirements must be met to advance to the Finalist level of the competition, including a detailed scholarship application containing information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, school, community involvement, demonstrated ability in leadership roles, employment, and honors and awards received. Additionally, Semifinalists must be recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and submit their SAT or ACT scores.
Of the 16,000 Semifinalists, approximately 15,000 students are expected to advance to the Finalist level. They will be notified of this designation in February.
Finalists will have an opportunity to compete for roughly 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million. Merit Scholar designees are selected based on their skills and accomplishments, as well as their potential for success in rigorous collegiate studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.