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Four local semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship Program
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Four local semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship Program

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The semifinalists for the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program were announced on Wednesday.

Gabriel Lachapelle of West Albany High School and Simone Moulton, Kate Voltz and Henry Xu of Crescent Valley High School were selected as semifinalists.

There are 16,000 semifinalists around the country for the 67th annual scholarship program. Next spring, that number will be cut down to 7,500 as the finalists are selected. About half of the finalists will win the National Merit Scholarship, worth nearly $30 million, and earn the Merit Scholar title.

High school juniors entered the scholarship program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official submit a detailed application, write an essay, earn a SAT or ACT score that confirms the qualifying test and maintain an outstanding academic record throughout high school.

There are three types of National Merit Scholarships awarded. Finalists will compete for one of 2,500 scholarships worth $2,500 that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. There will be 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit scholarships provided by corporations and businesses for finalists who meet specific criteria. Additionally, about 180 colleges and universities will finance around 4,000 scholarships for finalists who attend the sponsor institution.

Students will find out if they have been selected as a finalist in February, and all scholarship winners will be selected from that group. The winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases from April until July.

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