According to the 2019 National Merit® Scholarship Program, Chris, Tara, and Albert are amongst approximately16,000 Semifinalists across the country who were notified that they had qualified.  They will now submit applications for Finalist consideration and compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 million to be offered next spring.  These applications will include details on their leadership and extracurricular activities, academic record, school recommendations, and a personal essay.

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 410 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.