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Five DoDEA Students Named Among 2019 National Merit Semifinalists

By Jade Fulce

Five Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students were named among 2019 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists this year by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has identified approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically-talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, which are worth more than $31 million and will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. The five DoDEA National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are: FORT CAMPBELL HS (Kentucky) • Hannah G. Duncan ANTILLES HS (Puerto Rico) • Andrew J. Cannon NAPLES HS (Italy) Sophia M. Adams SHAPE AMERICAN HS (Belgium) • Patrick C. Joyce MATTHEW C. PERRY HS (Japan) • Kathryn K. Harris Over 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Three types of scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2019: National Merit ® $2500 Scholarships, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships, and college-sponsored Merit Scholarships. Established in 1955, NMSC is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds along with approximately 410 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.

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