Wednesday, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced
over 2,600 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.
The University of Arkansas selected Farmington High School Senior Weston Sills as a winner of their National Merit Scholarship!
College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced are a part of the
distinguished group of about 7,500 high school seniors who will receive National Merit
Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth nearly $28 million.
High school Juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took
the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which
served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, more than 16,000 Semifinalists were
named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors.
To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, Semifinalists first had to advance to the Finalist
level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements. Each Semifinalist was asked to
submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing
information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also
had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school
official, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance. From
the Semifinalist group, over 15,000 met requirements for Finalist standing, and about half of the
Finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2022.
Congratulations again to Weston Sills on your achievements!