Ursuline News

Ursuline Seniors Named 2020 National Merit Semifinalists

Congratulations to the four Ursuline Academy seniors who have been recognized as Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program!

The seniors are:

  • Sarah Hui
  • Lauren Montigue
  • Cecilia O'Brien
  • Sarah Visokay

According to a news release issued by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a total of approximately 16,000 students across the U.S. were named National Merit Semifinalists this year. These seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

About 1.5 million juniors nationwide entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants in each state.