Waring Senior Reid Bradshaw has qualified as a Semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program. As one of approximately 16,000 high school seniors who are Semifinalists, Reid has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships being offered next spring.
Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% percent of the state’s senior students. This year, there were 1.6 million reported scores.
To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists have to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist submits a detailed scholarship application, which includes essays and information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also have to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm their qualifying test performance.