Students from the United School District of Livermore Valley (LVJUSD) were named finalists for the National Merit Scholarship.
These five students were Milan Grival, Justin Lam and Simon Laney of Livermore High School and Roxana Frank and Jacques Grove of Granada High School.
“The dedication, focus and commitment to academic success required to receive a finalist award for national service are significant,” said LVJUSD head Kelly Bowers. “We are so proud of our students and look forward to their future in education and beyond.”
Another 15 high school students from LVJUSD were recognized for national merit.
These students were Jacob Bowman, Clarissa Chung, Tyler Ethan, Sri Kona, Kansha Kochi, Elizabeth Lau, Elizabeth Ludwig, Catherine Misan, Adam San, Daniel Tinfen and Daphne Ian of Granada, as well as Nicolas Coran, Lucia Gutierrez, Mufara Gutserafe McKee of Livermore.
Finalists on national merit must first become semi-finalists, scoring 1% of the best nationwide in the combined preliminary examination for study ability / national qualification scholarship (PSAT), which is most often accepted as a junior.
Semi-finalists must then submit applications, which include their academic records, extracurricular activities and personal essays, to the National Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), funded by a private nonprofit organization that manages the national scholarship program.
According to the NMSC, about 1.6 million juniors pass the PSAT each year, with about 1,600 qualified as National Merit semifinalists. About 1,500 of them are then named as finalists in their final year. Finalists are eligible for a $ 2,500 National Merit Scholarship. Several colleges and corporations also offer scholarships to National Merit finalists.