Local students qualify for national scholarships | PostIndependent.com

Local students qualify for national scholarships

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Two local high school students were named as semifinalists in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program.Kerry Rippy of Glenwood Springs High School and Stephen King of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale were both selected along with approximately 16,000 students nationwide. They will be in the running for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards worth $34 million to be offered next spring.Semifinalists must advance to the Finalist level by fulfilling several requirements including an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance. At that time the student and a school official must submit a detailed scholarship application along with a self-descriptive essay and information about the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.More than 1.4 million high school juniors, representing nearly 21,000 schools nationwide, entered the 53rd Annual National Merit Program by taking the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as an initial screen.About 15,000 students are expected to become Finalists competing for approximately 7,200 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.Winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April 2008 and concluding in July.

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