WILLIAMSON COUNTY SCHOOLS
The 2016-17 school year continues to be a record-breaking year for WCS students.
After setting a new record for the number of students named to the National Merit Semifinalist list in September, WCS kept the momentum rolling when a district-record 45 students were named National Merit Finalists this week.
The 45 Finalists are competing for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships which will be offered this spring. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school 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 received.
All winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. A variety of information is used during the evaluation process including the Finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership and the Finalist’s own essay.
Approximately 8,000 Finalists are selected each year to receive a Merit Scholarship award.
Congratulations to the following National Merit Finalists: