Student Named National Merit Semifinalist

September 14, 2016

Meghana Giri, a senior at The Donoho School, has been recognized for her outstanding achievement on the PSAT exam and has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.  Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program participants in each state.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/SMSGT), which served as an initial screen of the 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 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 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 a qualifying test.

From approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation.  

We are so proud of you, Meghana.  Congratulations!