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De La Salle’s Ryan Vaughn ‘21 Announced as National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist


Concord, Calif. (September 9, 2020) - Dr. Heather Alumbaugh, Vice President for Academic Life, announced today that De La Salle High School senior Ryan Vaughn has been named a semifinalist for the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

With the announcement by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), Vaughn is one of 16,000 semifinalists who will compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $30 million next spring. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced in four nationwide news releases, beginning in April and concluding in July.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools enter the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.  

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit NationalMerit.org.

Dr. Alumbaugh invites you to join her in congratulating Ryan Vaughn ’21 on his outstanding academic accomplishments.


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