SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School has a 2020 National Merit Scholar semifinalist.  Michael Caruso has been named in the first round of the 65 annual Merit Scholarship Program, according to Supervisor College and Career Readiness, Danielle Colte.

To achieve finalist status Caruso will have to submit an application that includes his transcript information; grades, courses of study, extra curricular activities, honors and awards as well as leadership positions, employment according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. From there scholarship winners will be selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Based on his Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test or PSTA/NMSQT scores, Caruso joins approximately 16,000 semifinalists qualified to continue in the competition for approximately 7600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million awarded next spring according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, more than 90% of semifinalists are anticipated to make it to the next round as a finalist.  Nearly half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, named National Merit Scholar.   

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Last spring, then Sparta High School senior Josh Williams earned a National Merit Scholarship. 

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.