Aaron D. Rose, a senior at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, has been named a finalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. According to LCM High School Principal Dr. Terri Estes, “Beyond being academically gifted and working across the campus to be a leader in our academic UIL competitions, he is a true gentleman. It’s just amazing, the character that young man shows in everything he does.”
National Merit Scholarships are underwritten by National Merit Scholarship Corporation with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of higher education.
About 1.4 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT, which served as an initial screen of the program entrants. Approximately 16,000 Semifinalists have been named, 90% of which will have the opportunity to continue to compete as Finalists for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million. More than half of the Finalists will win these prestigious scholarships and earn the Merit Scholar title.
Mr. Rose and his high school counselor must now submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about his academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Merit Scholars will begin being announced in April.