Piedmont Students Named 2022 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Friday, September 17th, 2021 - Posted in All District News District Communications Latest Announcements

The Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) is proud to announce six students from Piedmont High School are among the approximately 16,000 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2022. These students will be considered for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30-million to be awarded this spring.

“It’s always exciting to see our students recognized and rewarded for their work over four years of high school,” said PUSD Superintendent, Randall Booker. “With everything our students have had to deal with and overcome over the past 18 months, we are very proud to watch them continue to achieve in the classroom.”

Piedmont students named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists for 2022 are:

Aaron Drumm

Charlotte Levy

Anabel Loucks

Chiara Lundin

Charles Olcott

Robert Sylvia

Over a million high school juniors were considered for the 67th National Merit Scholarship Program through their performance on the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and their 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 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® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

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® $2500 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, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. 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.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2022 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title. Visit www.nationalmerit.org for more information.

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