Natalie Harpold a semifinalist for Merit Scholarship

Natalie Harpold of Skyline High School has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition, according to a Sept. 11 press release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Harpold is one of approximately 16,000 high school students qualified as semifinalists for the program that awards 8,000 scholarships worth about $35 million.

Semifinalists are selected based on performance on the Preliminary SAT, taken their junior year of high school.

About 90 percent of semifinalists will become finalists in the competition by demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, receiving a recommendation from his/her high school principal and earning exceptional scores on the SAT test.

The semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Merit scholar designees are selected solely on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.