June 7, 2017
Contact: Eileen Artemakis or Matthew Budreau
Phone: (847) 866-5100
Today’s announcement is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2017 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). NMSC named recipients of corporate-sponsored awards on April 19 and winners of National Merit ® $2500 Scholarships on May 10. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 17. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.
College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners
(Evanston, Illinois) Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced more than 3,200 winners of National Merit Scholarships ﬁnanced by U.S. colleges and universities. Ofﬁcials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution ﬁnancing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2017 competition to approximately 4,000.
This year, 182 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 103 private and 79 public institutions located in 44 states and the District of Columbia.
College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,500 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $32 million. Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.
2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition
Over 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 Semiﬁnalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semiﬁnalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.
To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, Semiﬁnalists ﬁrst had to advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulﬁlling additional requirements. Each Semiﬁnalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and provid-ing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semiﬁnalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school ofﬁcial, and earn SAT® scores that conﬁrmed the qualifying test performance. From the Semiﬁnalist group, some 15,000 met requirements for Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2017.
NMSC, a not-for-proﬁt corporation that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships provided each year are made possible by the support of approximately 420 independent corporate and college sponsors. These sponsors join NMSC in its efforts to enhance educational opportunities for America’s scholastically talented youth and to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.
Kelcey C. Bloss, Robert Service H.S., Anchorage
Justin T. Carpenter, Robert Service H.S., Anchorage
Brian D. Gillespie, West Anchorage H.S., Anchorage
Paisley A. Lovrich, Steller Secondary School, Anchorage
William Whittenburg, West Anchorage H.S., Anchorage
Brian D. Jensen, Chugiak H.S., Anchorage