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ET Senior selected for national scholarship

Eastern Tech Senior selected for national scholarship
Posted on 09/13/2019
ET Senior student Mary Kumcheva is a semi-finalist for National Merit Scholarship

This week, Mary Kumcheva, a senior at Eastern Tech, was notified of her selection as a semi-finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program based on her impressive academic achievements. On September 11th, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 410 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

Mary was selected from a pool of over a million juniors in about 22,000 high schools who entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screening of program entrants. Kumcheva reflected that, “It’s such an honor to have received National Merit Semifinalist status!” She added, “I am so glad that I get to represent Eastern Tech through this competition, and I am ready to put my best foot forward in the race for Finalist.” The nationwide collective of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school 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.