One senior at Appoquinimink High School and five seniors at St. Andrew’s School were recently named semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Appoquinimink High student Jingcheng Lu of Bear is the only public school student in the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area to be named a semifinalist in the annual scholarship competition.
Semifinalists from the private St. Andrews School on Noxontown Road include Samuel Fox, Roberta Miller, Jamie O’Leary, Jordan Rogers and Woojeong (Eunice) Song.
Fox and Miller volunteer at the school’s Adapted Aquatics program, which helps local children with mental and physical challenges learn to swim, while Rogers and Song help tutor students at Brick Mill and Silver Lake elementary schools in Middletown. O’Leary volunteers with both programs.
All six students are among 52 high school seniors in Delaware and 16,000 seniors nationwide who will have an opportunity to compete for $35 million in scholarships that will be offered next spring.
About 1.5 million juniors at 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
To become a finalist, semifinalists and their high schools must submit a detailed scholarship application with information about each student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership ability, employment and honors or awards. Students also must submit an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm their performance on the qualifying test.
About 90 percent of semifinalists will attain finalist standing, although only about 50 percent will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title.
Finalists will be announced between April and July.