Mount Greylock Student Named National Merit Semifinalist
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School senior Owen A. Tucker-Smith of Williamstown has been named a semifinalist in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
About 1.5 million high school juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT each year. Tucker-Smith is one of approximately 16,000 juniors with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores (or total PSAT scores) who met the eligibility requirements qualify for NMSP Semifinalist consideration.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.
To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
More than 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain finalists standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
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 400 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.