Concord, Calif. – On Tuesday, De La Salle High School Vice President for Academic Life, Dr. Heather Alumbaugh, received notice that senior Ryan Vaughn was selected as a Finalist in the 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Program.
Ryan Vaughn, who received a Certificate of Merit from the National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), is one of 15,000 high school students from across the country selected as a Finalist. The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship® winners, worth more than $31 million, is now in progress.
Winners will receive notice at the home addresses beginning in March, and confidential notices will be sent to the high school principals. Additional announcements of Merit Scholar® designees will be made by the NMSC in April, May, June, and July.
Over 1.5 million juniors from about 21,000 high schools entered 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. 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.