Congratulations to senior Stephen Fatuzzo, who has been awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Program.
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the nation's graduating high school seniors.
These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.
Fatuzzo was named a National Merit Semifinalist and Finalist earlier this year. That qualified him to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth $31 million, to be offered this spring. Select Finalists are awarded National Merit, Corporate-Sponsored or College-Sponsored scholarships. National Merit Scholarships are the most difficult to obtain.
Students first become Semifinalists by achieving high scores of the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). More than 1.6 million seniors from about 22,000 high schools took the test in the fall of their junior year. Fatuzzo scored in the top 1% of the nation's high school seniors and was among 16,000 students named Semifinalists nationwide.