Madras High School senior Jordan Gemelas has been named as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which helped screen entrants.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
To become a finalist, the semifinalists and their high schools must submit detailed scholarship applications in which they provide information about the semifinalists' academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, 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 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.
The National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists.
Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2013.
Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis.
About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 240 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor's employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located.
In addition, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.
These scholarship recipients will join more than 291,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.