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National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a United States academic scholarship competition for recognition and university scholarships administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The program began in 1955.   About 1.6 million students enter the competition at over 22,000 high schools each year. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5 percent of the state’s senior students. About 34,000 of the 50,000 high scorers in each annual National Merit Scholarship Program are named Commended Students based on a national Selection Index . There is a nationwide cutoff for Commended Scholars, but Semifinalists are chosen according to state-by-state cutoffs.

 

2021 National Merit Recipients

 

Semi-Finalists

 

Ben Broussard Lucca Ferrante Gabriel Gros Axel Henderson
Jake Holincheck Hunter Kersgosien Davis Lagarde Arthur “Trey” Paine Brady Talley
 

Commended Scholars

 


Vageli Liokis

Cole Piazza

Aiden Plauche’

Scott Woodard
 
 

2020 National Merit Recipients

 

Finalists

 


Brenden Dauterive

Reece Grimley

Benjamin Klein

Ian Kramer
 
 

Semi-Finalists

 


Brenden Dauterive

Cameron Dougherty

Reece Grimley

Benjamin Klein

Ian Kramer
 
 

Commended Scholars

 


James Bradford

Miles Gensler

Joseph Giberga

Darrin Lea

Adam Smith
 
 

2019 National Merit Recipients

 

Finalists

 


Jackson Gold

Hyde Healy

Ross Hightower

Cullen Irwin

Stephen Millet

David Needles

Andrew Norlin

Christopher Wilson
 
 

Commended Scholars

 


John P. Bourgeois

Nicholas Briggs

Beau Franklin

Jacob Lauterbach

Blake Ramsey
 
 

National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars

 


Beau Franklin

Rafael Guzman

David Needles

Christopher Wilson