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Gull Lake students commended in 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program

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Congratulations to Sarah Grimes, Kaleigh Belz and Stephan Easterday on being named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Of the 1.6 million entrants to the 2019 competition, some 50,000 students with the highest scores on the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT test qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Every year in the spring, juniors take the PSAT in preparation for the SAT and for the opportunity to win merit scholarships. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Public Media

“My family is all really proud of me and I think it’s a great opportunity,” senior Stephan Easterday said.

More than two-thirds (roughly 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the test receive Letters of Commendation for their academic achievement. Commended Students are named on the basis of a Selection Index score that varies depending on the year and the state.

The score required is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists.

Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Every year around 1,100 National Merit Program participants who have exhibited academic excellence but were not finalists are awarded scholarships. To be considered for these scholarships, students must meet the sponsor’s criteria and the entry requirements of the National Merit Scholarship Program. These scholarships may either be renewable for four years of undergraduate study or one-time awards.


Sophia Christensen

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