The National Merit Scholarship Corporation on Tuesday announced the names of 16,000 semifinalists in its 67th annual scholarship program.
Two students from Owasso — Ronald Walker with Owasso High School and Brianna Herrold with Rejoice Christian School — were listed as recipients of the prestigious endowment.
High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the
2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.
To become a finalist, the semifinalists and high school officials must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the students’ academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received.
About 95% of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.