Twelve Dallas ISD students have been named among 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, with a chance to become one of the 7,500 Finalists who will take home scholarships worth a combined $32 million.
About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to reach the finals, with half of the Finalists winning a National Merit Scholarship.
According to a Sept. 13 news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., Dallas ISD’s Semifinalists are:
Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet
- Michael D. Gao
School for the Talented and Gifted
- Adelle Jia
- Solvay Linde
- Julia M. McAulay
- Jeremiah D. Reilly
- Jessica H. Wang
School of Science and Engineering
- Matthew B. Callahan
- Yash A. Chandak
- Daschel R. Cooper
- Saumya Rawat
- Raviraj J. Rege
- Sasha Thomas
About 1.6 million high school juniors from more than 22,000 high schools applied to become Semifinalists by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
To become Finalists, each Semifinalist’s high school must submit a detailed scholarship application that provides information about academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.