Two Lincoln High School Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
For the City Times
Fourth and Fifth Lincoln High School Seniors Chosen Since 2011
Principal of Lincoln High School, Ronald A. Rasmussen, is proud to announce that LHS Seniors Mitchell Dillon and Benjamin Ontl have been named as Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. These two students are among only 15,000 students nationwide who have been selected for this honor.
Lincoln High School
Lincoln High School Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School is a grade 10-12 comprehensive high school with 1135 students where their mission is to prepare all students for college readiness and career success.
Led by a dedicated and motivated staff, LHS has had five National Merit finalists, and in addition, three semi-finalists since 2011. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955.
National Merit Program
High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test — a test which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.6 million
entrants each year by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the materials provided to each semifinalist.
National Merit Scholarships
Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2017. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis.
About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located.
In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2017 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 323,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.