Two MVL students are semi-finalists for National Merit Scholarship

By Connor Cummiskey

Staff Writer

NEW ULM — Two New Ulm-area students have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School seniors Blake Fosburgh and Anna Natrakul will have the opportunity to compete for some 7,500 scholarships worth over $32 million.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) selected around 16,000 semifinalists this year in the 63 annual program.

Approximately 310 semifinalists were selected in Minnesota from 64 different cities and 93 separate schools, not counting home schools.

Semifinalists must work with their school to submit a scholarship application that includes information on their academic record, participation in school activities, demonstrated leadership capabilities, employment, honors and awards, according to a NMSC press release.

They must also have outstanding academic records through high school, be endorsed by a school official, write an essay and perform well on the SAT.

In February NMSC will announce 15,000 finalists who will then directly compete for three types of scholarships in the spring.

Up for grabs are 2,500 National Merit Scholarships worth $2,500 awarded on a state-representation basis.

About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships are available. They are based on criteria from each of the approximately 230 businesses that sponsor them.

The last type of scholarship is sponsored by colleges. About 190 post-secondary facilities are anticipated to finance roughly 4,000 Merit Scholarships for students attending the sponsoring institution, according to the press release.

NMSC is a nonprofit-organization that aims to encourage academic excellence and honor scholastically-inclined students.

It underwrites most of its own scholarships along with about 420 businesses and post-secondary education institutions, according to the press release.

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