Senior Isabella Wade has been named a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Program.
High school seniors from throughout the nation compete annually for approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million. More than 90 percent of 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.
To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.