Jonathan Walton named National Merit Scholarship Finalist Over $32 million worth of scholarships offered

To recognize and honor the students who achieve academic excellence, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) conduct scholarship programs that give over $32 million to its winners. Senior Jonathan Walton has been deemed a National Merit Scholarship Finalist on Feb. 8.

“We wish him all the best,” Assistant Principal Trish Taylor said. “This is a culmination of years of hard work and he is very deserving of this honor.”

Winners will be selected based on their academic record, their school’s curricula and grading system, test scores, written recommendation, leadership and activities and the finalist’s essay. Approximately 7,400 finalists will be notified beginning March to mid-June that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship.

“I feel super honored because I am able to now go to college at a much more affordable rate and I am able to get my undergraduate without having to worry about being under so much debt,” Walton said.

Students who participated in the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) and scored exceptionally well were entered into the program. They were then notified from their school that they were a semi-finalist or a Commended student.

“My advice for anyone wanting to become a National Merit Scholar is to study a ton for the PSAT before your junior year and in the coming months before the test,” Walton said. “For a test that could determine your ability to go to college for free, it is definitely worth the time and effort to put into studying.”

Commended students are those who are below the Selection Index score to be named a semi-finalist and can no longer compete for the National Merit Scholarships, but can qualify for Special Scholarships.