DoDEA Students Named National Merit Finalists
ALEXANDRIA, VA — June 19, 2014 — Four additional Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students were named National Merit Scholarship Finalists this year by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
The four DoDEA National Merit Scholarship Finalists are:
- Elliott Koshi--Seoul American High School;
- Alexander House--Lakenheath High School;
- Evan Bell--AFNorth Middle/High School;
- and Natalie Moore -- Patch High School.
These four DoDEA students are in addition to previously announced National Merit Scholarship winner, Robert Bell from Fort Knox High School in DoDEA’s Kentucky District.
The student finalists, who are all high school seniors, are eligible to compete for the National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, the College-sponsored Merit Scholarships and the Additional College-sponsored Merit Scholarships.
To become a Finalist, a student must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. The Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student's self-descriptive essay and information about the Semifinalist's participation and leadership in school and community activities.
Established in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is an independent, not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Since its founding, NMSC has recognized 2.8 million students and provided over 350,000 scholarships worth more than $1.4 billion.
In early June, Guam High School senior Keri Brooks won a $2,500 National Achievement Scholarship Program award which is only presented to 700 Achievement
Scholarship winners out of 160,000 entrants each year. The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition of outstanding Black American high school students.
About the National Merit® Scholarship Program.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the United States that serve children of military families.