Ten seniors from schools in Eden Prairie have been announced as National Merit Semifinalists for the class of 2024, an annual award sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
The nine qualifiers from Eden Prairie High School (EPHS) are Alexandra (Sasha) Allen, Yash Dagade, Rohil Garg, Neha Karri, Nikhil Kori, Sophia Lin, Pranav Narayanan, Vineel Panyala, and Brian Shi.
From the International School of Minnesota, Samuel Peterson qualified.
About 16,000 students qualified for National Merit Semifinalist status this year from all 50 states plus overseas. In Minnesota, 274 students from 87 schools made the cut.
To earn this distinction, Minnesota students had to earn an index score of 216 or above on the PSAT/NMSQT test they took in the fall of their junior year. Selection indexes vary by state; learn more about how these are calculated here.
The next step for these students will be to submit an application by Oct. 11 for National Merit Finalist consideration. They also must take the SAT or ACT and earn a score that confirms their 2022 PSAT/NMSQT performance.
Students who earn Finalist distinction (and about 95% do) will be eligible to be considered for one of 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million. National Merit Scholarships come from three sources: the college or university the student plans to attend, a corporation sponsoring a National Merit Scholarship, or the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Next month, current EPHS juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT in hopes of becoming National Merit Semifinalists in their senior year. Students can learn more here.
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