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Bath, ME (September 28, 2021) - Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program this month; a pool which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Four Morse High School students, Samuel Schultz, Aidan Shields, Elliot Harkins, and Iris Hennin, have earned a semifinalist spot after taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in 2020.

To become a Finalist, Semifinalists and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application. About 15,000 students are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February of 2022 they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2022. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

"The Morse faculty could not be more proud of these four students who have earned their place as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists,” said Morse High School Principal Eric Varney. “Students do not accomplish this designation without commitment and competence in their academics. We are hopeful that these four outstanding students will continue to the next level of national recognition."

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2022 will be announced beginning in April of 2022 and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 362,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Photo (L-R): Samuel Schultz, Aidan Shields, Elliot Harkins, Iris Hennin