MMI Preparatory School senior Aaron Harman was named as a Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Harman, the son of Ronald and Yvonne Harman of Drums, is among a national field of just 16,000 students to be named Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
As a Semifinalist, Harman has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
To become a Finalist, Semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application including information on their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. The student must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
About 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.