Six Oak Park and River Forest High School students were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in the 2020 program.
Marina Atkin, Garrett Credi, William Farren, David “Finn” Greenstone, Priya Rawal and Daniel Roberts were among the 16,000 high school seniors across the country who qualified as semifinalists based on their scores on the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
More than 1.5 million juniors from 22,000 high schools across the country took the qualifying test.
The six OPRF semifinalists — whose scores on the qualifying test are among the top 1 percent in the nation — now have the opportunity to earn one of the approximately around 7,600 scholarships worth more than $31 million, OPRF officials explained in a press release.
The scholarships will be announced in the spring. In February, some 15,000 semifinalists will learn that they’ve advanced to the finalist round, where the competition will be narrowed to 2,500 winners of $2,500 National Merit Scholarships.
An additional 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships will go to students who meet the sponsors’ qualifications.
Around 41 OPRF students received Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their high scores on the qualifying exam. Each year, National Merit sends out approximately 34,000 of those letters to students who scored in the top 3 percent of test-takers.