Evanston, Illinois -  Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, including 24 students from Edison,  in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.  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.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT® ), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

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Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be off ered in the spring of 2020. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 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 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four rounds, beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title

The Semifinalists from Edison are:

EDISON HIGH SCHOOL

Meka, Ashwin

JOHN P. STEVENS HIGH SCHOOL

Anna, Akshath Shvetang O.

Banerjee, Soham

Cao, Cynthia

Epstein, Ethan G.

Ghosh, Kushagra

Jog, Neel A.

Kang, Jada E.

Mudigati, Vihitalasya

Patel, Ishan S.

Patil, Arya V.

Saini, Saransh

Shah, Rishi

Singh, Rahul

Singh, Swapneil

Tam, Rachel

Trivedi, Divyesh N.

Wang, Selena J.

Xu, Cindy

MIDDLESEX COUNTY ACADEMY FOR SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS AND ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES

Hingorani, Meher P.

Kumar, Avinash A.

Li, Jason S.

Pogaku, Sharanya

WARDLAW - HARTRIDGE SCHOOL

Fang, Camila

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.