Six Mobile County Public Schools students have been named as semifinalists for the 2018 National Merit Scholarships.
They are: Noah Baker and Kaycee Tate of Baker High and Rohan Badve, Thomas Browning, Sophia Davis and Nandita Dey of Davidson High.
They are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
Finalists will be notified in February, and are expected to include about 90 percent of the semifinalists. About half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
In addition to the 2,500 National Merit Scholarships, totaling $2,500 each, about 1,000 students will receive corporate-based Merit Scholarship awards provided by about 230 corporations and business organizations. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will be enrolling in those schools.
National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in four news releases beginning in April and ending in July.
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.