The National Merit Scholarship Program has released the long-awaited National Merit Semifinalist list 2022 and the Finalist List 2022.

This article contains detailed information about the National Merit scholarship and past winners of the scholarship. 


About National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a program organized for High School Students in the United States of America. 

Interested students enter the Competition  with their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The Document is the first screening requirement for nearly 1.6 million people every year. 

It is the goal of the National Merit Scholarship Program to assist eligible high school graduates pay for college via a countrywide academic competition. Those in charge of its administration report to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

National Merit Scholarship Program applicants must score well on the PSAT to be accepted. Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Exam (PSAT/NMSQT) is the official name of the exam. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, students must take the official PSAT/NMSQT, not the PSAT 10.

After receiving their PSAT scores, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) may designate high-scoring students as Commended Students, Semifinalists, or Finalists. From the Finalists, roughly 7,500 students are selected to receive financial help for their studies.


Scholarship Worth

The finalists and semifinalists of the National Merit Scholarship will get benefits which accrue up to $2,500 to fund their studies or a merit scholarship funded by a college or corporation.


Host Nationality

National Merit Scholarship is hosted and taken in different states in the United States. 


Scholarship commended Students

About 50,000 high School Students with a High Score on the PSAT/NMSQT  get a call-up letter of Commendation every September of the year. This is done to appreciate their exceptional performance.

Commended Students are nominated on the rationale of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is commonly below the level required for participants selected to be nominated as Semifinalists in their respective states.

Commended Students are not allowed to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships. Some of the students become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.



Eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship depends on three main factors:

  • PSAT/NMSQT exams must be taken in the designated senior year of high school and no later than the third year of grades 9 through 12. Ideally, juniors should sit for the test in the autumn after their junior year in high school.
  • Another requirement is that high school students (traditional or homeschooled) must be in good academic standing and intend to apply for college entrance in the autumn of their final year in order to be considered for the program.
  • Finally, students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and enrolled in a high school in the United States, the District of Columbia, or another United States commonwealth or territory, or be enrolled in a U.S. high school while studying abroad.
    As part of the PSAT/NMSQT, students will be asked many factual questions to determine whether or not they are qualified to participate in the program..

The selection of candidates was made following scores arising from last fall’s Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Click here to read more about the requirements for becoming a Finalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.


Criteria for Selecting a Winner 

All winners of Merit Scholarship awards are selected from the Finalist group based on their capacities, mastery, and achievements, with no regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

The National Merit Scholarship finalists are selected based on:

  • The Finalist’s academic record.
  • Finalist information about the school’s curriculum and grading system.
  • Two sets of test scores.
  • Finalist high school official’s written recommendation.
  • Information about the student’s activities.
  •  Finalist Leadership skill
  • Finalist’s own essay.



Finalist Winners 2022

Finalists 2022: 15,000 Semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to Finalist standing during February. 

High school principals are informed and are given certificates to present to each Finalist.

The Winners of the National Merit Scholarship Program will be announced by the end of February.

Here is the list of National Merit Scholarship 2022. 

Miramonte High School

  • Chen, Alexander J.
  • Deng, David
  • Khim, Eugene
  • Lee, Elaine Y.
  • Louie, Garrett K.
  • Lucas, Daniel E.

Castilleja High School

  • Akeley, Scarlett
  • Bhanot, Priya
  • Fearon, Katherine H.
  • Ho, Leigh
  • Khouri, Annika S.
  • Mak, Rebecca C.
  • Nevle Levoy, Sophia R.
  • Spencer, Lia L.
  • Triantis, Calista D. e.t.c

Visit here to see the full list 


Semifinalists 2022

16,000 students out of the 50,000 high scorers, are informed that they have qualified as Semifinalists in early September. 

Semifinalists  are appointed on a state representational basis. This is to ensure that academically gifted young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, because they are the highest scoring candidates in each state. 

National Merit Scholarship gives scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a 

National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist status in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements provided to each Semifinalist to be considered for this scholarship. 

Only 16,000 high school juniors merged, out of the 1.6 million candidates who sat for rhe Exams. 


Awarded Given to Finalist

About 15,000 candidates are required to become finalists for the scholarships by the end of February, based on scores, academic and extracurricular records, recommendations, and essays.

Finalists of the National Merit Scholarship get  either a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship award or a merit scholarship sponsored by a college or corporation.



The Scholarship Program is a program organized for High School Students in the United States of America. 

Yearly, there are 50,000 entries for this scholarship. 16,000 are required to become the semifinalists while 15,000 are chosen as the finalists. 

About 50,000 high School Students with a High Score on the PSAT/NMSQT and do not qualify to be semifinalists are raised to be the commended students just to appreciate their exceptional performance. 

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