Five DoDEA Students Named Among 2019 National Merit Semifinalists

For Immediate Release — September 28, 2018 | DoDEA
: Public Affairs Officer | (571) 372-0604

ALEXANDRIA, VA — September 28, 2018 — Five Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students were named among 2019 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists this year by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has identified approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically-talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, which are worth more than $31 million and will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

The five DoDEA National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are:

  • FORT CAMPBELL HS (Kentucky)
    • Hannah G. Duncan
  • ANTILLES HS (Puerto Rico)
    • Andrew J. Cannon
  • NAPLES HS (Italy)
    • Sophia M. Adams
    • Patrick C. Joyce
    • Kathryn K. Harris

Over 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Three types of scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2019: National Merit ® $2500 Scholarships, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships, and college-sponsored Merit Scholarships.

Established in 1955, NMSC is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds along with approximately 410 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

For more information about the competition, please visit NMSC’s website.

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.

Note: Using numbers of semifinalists to compare high schools, educational systems, or states will result in erroneous conclusions. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of education within a school, system, or state.