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Oscar Liu named 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

The principal, Jennifer Swartz, of West Johnston High School, along with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), announced today that Oscar Liu has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist in the 2021 National Merit  Scholarship Program.

Oscar is one of about 16,000 students who have been named semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  

NMSC, a non-for-profit organization, was established in 1955 and operates without government assistance.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 schools nationwide entered the 2021 National Merit Program through taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Finalists will compete for one of the 2,500 available $2,500 Scholarships. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will also be provided. About 180 colleges
and universities are expected to finance 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists attending the sponsor institution.

The National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced from April to July. The
semifinalists were announced Sept. 9