From approximately 1.6 million students who entered the 2021 National Merit
Scholarship Program, only about 16,000 were named Semifinalists. They were
designated on a state representational basis, in proportion to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Maddox Schaper, Class of 2021 Valedictorian, has been selected to receive a National Merit $2500 Scholarship. He is one of 2,500 National Merit Scholarship Finalists chosen to receive this scholarship.
The 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships are the awards for which every Finalist is considered. Winners are named in every state, in numbers based on the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. In addition, a number of recipients are chosen in the District of Columbia, schools in U.S.commonwealths and territories, schools in other countries that enroll U.S. citizens, and U.S. boarding schools that enroll a sizable portion of students from outside the state in which the school is located. NMSC’s own funds
support the majority of the National Merit $2500 Scholarships, but corporate sponsors help underwrite these awards with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees.
There is another round of National Merit Scholarships based on the college/university that Finalists will attend that will be announced in both June and July.
In order to advance in the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, a Semifinalist had to become a Finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance. All winners of about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships are being chosen from the group of approximately 15,000 distinguished Finalists.