Bronxville High School seniors Alice Vranka, Isaiah Weir and Patrick Wu have been named semifinalists in the highly competitive 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.
They are among the top 16,000 high school students nationwide who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for scholarships that will be offered next spring. The three academically talented students entered the academic competition as juniors by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of entrants. They represent the top 1% of students in the United States who earned the highest scores in each state.
According to its website, the National Merit Scholarship program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
To become a finalist, the students must submit a detailed scholarship application, provide information about their outstanding academic record, participation in school and community activities, employment, honors and awards received, as well as demonstrate leadership abilities. They must also write an essay, be endorsed by a high school official and earn scores that confirm their earlier performance on the qualifying test.
Out of the 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the next round, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. Finalists will be announced in February, while scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April 2022.