ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One hundred New Mexico high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program, joining 16,000 students from across the country competing for $32 million in scholarships.
“To be recognized as a National Merit semifinalist is a huge honor for students because it represents years of hard work and dedication to learning,” said Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Raquel Reedy in a news release. “Congratulations to this fine group of students. We are proud of your accomplishment and expect great things from you in the future.”
To qualify as a semifinalist, students earned top scores on the 2016 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test that they took as juniors. About 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools took the exam last fall.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.