Officials with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of 16,000 semifinalists in the 67th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program, a list that includes three senior students from The Bolles School.
This year’s National Merit Semifinalists from the Bolles Class of 2022 are Livi Edwards ’22, Max Frohman ’22 and Benjamin McGraw ’22.
“Our students excel in many areas at Bolles and this is always an outstanding highlight of academic achievement,” said Bolles President and Head of School Tyler Hodges. “Congratulations to these students on their National Merit Semifinalist status and best wishes to them as the proceed through the rest of the competition.”
The students will continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million which will be offered in the spring. More than 1.5 million juniors from 21,000 high schools around the country entered the 2022 scholarship program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT. That test served as an initial screen or program entrants. The semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.
To become a finalist, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. They must have an outstanding academic record through high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official and write an essay. More than 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing.