Fifty-six students from six Houston ISD high schools are semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
The students, who attend Bellaire HS, Carnegie Vanguard HS, Challenge Early College HS, DeBakey HS, The High School for Performing and Visual Arts, and Lamar HS, are eligible to receive part of the $33 million pot of scholarships that will be awarded in the spring. There are nearly 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, and about 7,600 will receive scholarships. More than 22,000 students applied by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
In order to become one of the estimated 15,000 finalists, students will submit a detailed scholarship application that includes their academic record, participation in school or community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors or awards they have received. They will also need to be recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn an SAT score that confirms their performance on the PSAT.
Students will be notified in February if they have been selected as a finalist.
Houston ISD semifinalists include:
|Bellaire High School|
|Carnegie Vanguard High School|
|Challenge Early College High School|
|DeBakey High School|
|The High School for Performing and Visual Arts|
|Lamar High School|