WEST ORANGE, NJ — Two students who are residents of West Orange have been named semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Andrew Gart, who attends West Orange High School, and Kenneth Huang, a student at Seton Hall Prep High School, both have qualified as semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 

These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

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More than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

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.