National Merit Semifinalists

National Merit Semifinalists
Posted on 09/19/2022

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) have announced the names of this year’s Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Homestead High School is proud to share with you that seven HHS Seniors have earned this distinction and are pictured here.

Front Row (left to right): Hunter Specht, Elijah Bilos, Madeline Phuong, Cohen Thomas

Back Row (left to right): Noah Arnold, Daniel Schwab, Thomas Hill

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 340 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

High school juniors entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2023 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join nearly 368,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Congratulations to these outstanding Spartan scholars!