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National Merit 2022 CHHS Semifinalist

Semifinalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program
Croton-Harmon High School Announces Semifinalist in the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program 

Croton-on-Hudson, September 17, 2021 -- Croton-Harmon High School is proud to announce that senior Nishant Dash has been named a Semifinalist in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Nationwide, the pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and is based on scores achieved on the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

“We are extremely proud to have a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist here at CHHS and congratulate Nishant on this wonderful achievement,” said Principal Laura Dubak

Nishant will have an opportunity to compete for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), about 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. 

Additional Information from NMSC:

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. 

From the 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. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. 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. 

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.