Our Newest National Merit Semifinalists

milo and bea

Two members of the Madeira High School (MHS) Class of 2023 have been named as National Merit Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Milo Nelson and Bea Manning will continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered in the spring of 2023.


The National Merit® Scholarship Program (NMSC), is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school, write an essay, and earn scores that confirm the student's performance on an earlier test.

Approximately 95% of over 16,000 Semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group and announced in nationwide news releases in the spring. Those scholarship recipients will join more than 368,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

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