MILLBURN, NJ - Newark Academy senior and Short Hills resident Courtney Cooperman has been chosen as a Semifinalist in the 61st annual National Merit® Scholarship Program.


She is one of 16,000 talented students who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit® Scholarships worth approximately $32 million that will be offered next spring.


Students enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit® Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during their junior year, the initial screen of program entrants.

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The nationwide pool of 2016 semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. National Merit Scholarship Corporation will begin announcing the 2016 winners in April.


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Newark Academy produces young people who are prepared for the intellectual, political and social challenges posed by the complexity of today’s world. The school’s culture prepares students for college and a lifetime of learning while emphasizing the development of compassionate people whose lives will be enriched by giving to others. Founded in 1774, Newark Academy has a rich history as an independent, coeducational school located on a beautiful 68-acre campus in northern New Jersey. The enrollment at the Academy is 589 girls and boys from 80 communities in grades 6 – 12, and the diverse student body is composed of 45 percent students of color. Extracurricular programs and an emphasis on life balance combine to create an environment for students to learn and grow into confident, secure young adults.