Germantown Academy is proud to announce that six members of the Class of 2020 have been named Semifinalists of the National Merit Scholarship Program. Anthony Hu '20, Caroline Paik '20, Matthew Sandifer '20, Meaghan Toscano '20, Alex Yan '20, and Tiffany Zhong '20 will now move on to the finalist round in hopes of winning one of 7,500 Merit Scholarship Awards.
Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In September 2019, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis; they are the highest scoring entrants in each state.
In February 2020, about 15,000 Semifinalists will be notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing. Beginning in March 2020 and continuing to mid-June, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will notify approximately 7,500 Finalists that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award. Merit Scholarship awards are of three types: National Merit $2500 Scholarships, Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, and College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.