Approximately 15,000 high school seniors in the United States are identified as National Merit Finalists. Each year, about 1.5 million juniors take the PSAT, and just 50,000 of those students with the highest Selection Index scores (or total PSAT scores) qualify for NMSP recognition – meaning roughly the top three percent of 11th grade testers qualify for merit recognition.
According to the NMSC, approximately 15,000 Finalists are selected each year out of a pool of more than 1.5 million high school seniors from across the country due to their exemplary performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Beginning in April through July, NMSC will notify approximately 8,000 of the remaining 15,000 competition Finalists that they have been chosen as winners of the competition and thus will gain access to three types of National Merit Scholarships available to competition winners. Those scholarships include: 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships; approximately 1,000 corporate-sponsored scholarships; and about 4,500 college-sponsored scholarships.
Proscia was named a National Merit Semifinalist in September 2016. Merit Scholar designees were selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference. To reach the Finalist designation, Proscia submitted a scholarship application in which she provided detailed information about her academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities and employment as well as honors and awards received.
“It is an impressive accomplishment to be recognized as a National Merit Finalist! Rebecca’s selection is a prestigious honor and a testament to all of her hard work and dedication to academic excellence,” said Hauppauge Deputy Superintendent James Stucchio. “Hauppauge is proud of Rebecca on receiving this well-deserved honor.”