Three Thomas Jefferson High School Students
Named National Merit® $2500 Scholarship Winners
Three Thomas Jefferson High School students are among 2,500 distinguished high school seniors who have won National Merit $2500 Scholarships, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today. These Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of approximately 15,000 finalists in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Thomas Jefferson High School, 4248 South 288th Street, Auburn, is part of the Federal Way Public Schools’ system. The students receiving the $2,500 scholarships are:
- Tyler T. Rosenbaum, whose probable career field is Law
- Caroline J. Lee, whose probable career field is Medicine, and
- Justin A. Knutson, whose probable career field is Chemistry
National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors.
NMSC is financing most of the single-payment National Merit $2500 Scholarships with its own funds, as is the case for these three scholars. Companies and businesses that sponsor awards through NMSC also help underwrite these scholarships with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees.
All finalists competed for these awards. Scholar selection was based on committee
members’ appraisal of a substantial amount of information submitted by finalists and their schools. Factors included: each finalist’s academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay describing interests and goals; and the recommendation written by a high school official.
Forty-four seniors statewide received the $2,500 awards. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s high school graduating seniors.
About the 2007 Merit Scholarship Competition:
This year’s competition for National Merit Scholarships began in October, 2005, when more than 1.4 million juniors in over 21,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the state’s seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state representational basis. Only the 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition.
Approximately 15,000 Semifinalists met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2007 program, about 8,200 Finalists will earn the “Merit Scholar” title and receive a total of more than $34 million in college scholarships. NMSC, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Program. The majority of scholarships offered each year are underwritten by approximately 500 independent corporate and college sponsors that share NMSC’s goals of honoring scholastically talented youth and enhancing their educational opportunities.
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Today’s release is the second announcement of winners in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program.
On April 18, about 1,000 recipients of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards were named, and on May 23 and July 16, some 4,600 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners will be announced. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 8,200 academic champions will have won Merit Scholarship awards worth over $34 million.
May 2, 2007