Plainfield North High School graduate Isaac Schennum is one of more than 3,500 students nationwide to win a National Merit college-sponsored award as part of the 2017-18 National Merit Scholarship program.
The prestigious National Merit Scholarship program honors academically talented high school seniors and lets them compete for National Merit Scholarship awards in several categories.
Schennum, who graduated from PNHS in May 2018, earned National Merit Finalist status by building an outstanding academic record throughout high school and qualifying SAT scores, among other criteria.
More than 1.6 million high school juniors in over 22,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2017-18 National Merit Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The pool of semifinalists comprises less than one percent of all United States high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
This year, 178 colleges and universities are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards. These college-sponsored awards range from $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.
In all, about 7,500 students nationwide won National Merit awards and scholarships in various categories worth about $31 million.