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Saint Joseph's Senior Named National Merit Finalist

by on March 25, 2019 3:08 PM

A Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy student is a finalist for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program, placing him in an elite group of high school students from around the country.

Senior Jason Thomas is among a nationwide pool of finalists representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

About 15,000 students were selected as finalists from among more than 1.6 million students at 22,000 schools who were entered into the program after taking last year's Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to a news release. 

Merit Scholarship winners will be selected based on abilities, skills and accomplishments, with selectors considering information such as "the finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the finalist's own essay," according to the National Merit website.

“I have worked so hard over the past four years to improve my writing, math, and test-taking skills, and I am happy that I achieved this goal,” said Thomas, who plans to study civil engineering in college. “Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy has helped me so much in this regard. I have had great teachers throughout my high school career who pushed me to be the best student I could be. Their efforts helped create the student that I am today.” 

Thomas will be eligible to win one of three types of scholarships. The National Merit Scholarship is a $2,500 single payment awarded on a state-representational basis, without consideration family financial circumstances, college choice or planned major. Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships are designated by the sponsor and can be one-time awards or renewable for each year of undergraduate study. College-sponsored scholarships are renewable for up to four years of study and are awarded by sponsor colleges to students who have been accepted and have that school as their first choice.

Scholarship winners will be decided between now and mid-June.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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