149 MCPS Students Are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

September 17, 2009
There are 149 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in the 2010 competition, three more than the previous year. The semifinalists will go on to compete nationally for scholarships that will be offered in the spring. The competition is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The MCPS semifinalists come from 15 high schools. The schools and their number of semifinalists are:

Bethesda-Chevy Chase: 4
Montgomery Blair: 53
Winston Churchill: 11
Clarksburg: 1
Damascus: 2
Gaithersburg: 1
Northwest: 3
Poolesville: 2
Richard Montgomery: 28
Rockville: 1
Seneca Valley: 1
Springbrook: 1
Walter Johnson: 5
Walt Whitman: 17
Wootton: 19

The semifinalists were selected from among high school juniors (now seniors) who were top scorers on the 2008 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About 90 percent of the semifinalists will advance to finalist status. Finalists will be considered for $2,500 National Merit scholarships, plus additional corporate-sponsored and college/university-sponsored scholarships.

The names of the Maryland semifinalists are at the link below.

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship program:

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