6 USN students named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Program honors seniors whose PSAT scores show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Congratulations to Cleo Gauthier '24, Emily Law '24, Natalie Mallal '24, Isaac Spiller '24, Katherine Vaughn '24, and Kailyn Womer '24.
By Juanita I.C. Traughber, Director of Marketing & Communications

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, among them six University School of Nashville students.

Director Amani Reed, Head of High School Quinton P. Walker, and Director of College Counseling Aaron Fulk recognized Cleo Gauthier '24, Emily Law '24, Natalie Mallal '24, Isaac Spiller '24, Katherine Vaughn '24, and Kailyn Womer '24 during lunch on Tuesday, September 12 for their 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores. They represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and are among the highest-scoring PSAT entrants in Tennessee.

These students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,140 National Merit Scholarships, which will be awarded in spring 2024. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application and essay, in which they provide information about their 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.

NMSC is a nonprofit organization established in 1955 to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC and by approximately 340 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. It has yet to announce Commended students.

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