Students named semifinalist in scholarship program
Congratulations to Puyallup High students Zane Lee and Lydia Tarekegn
Posted on 10/24/2019
Congratulations to Puyallup High students Zane Lee and Lydia Tarekegn

Puyallup High School Seniors Zane Lee and Lydia Tarekegn are amongst 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They will compete for 7,600 scholarships worth more the $31 million which will be announced in the spring.

The qualifying test for entry into the competition is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, to be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. The Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed

scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

More than 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to reach Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar® title.