On September 9, officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of students selected as Semifinalists in the 66th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Oakwood High School Seniors Shayan Daijavad, Kate Jackson, and Konark Vinod have been selected as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists this year.
More than 1.5 million juniors from approximately 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 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.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the competition's finalist level. More than 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
These academically talented high school seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.
We congratulate each of our Semifinalists for earning this national recognition, which honors their exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.