District 202 Students Named National Merit Finalists

Plainfield South, Plainfield Central seniors recognized.

Emma Turnbull. Credit: District 202
Emma Turnbull. Credit: District 202

Plainfield High School – Central Campus senior Emma Turnbull and Plainfield South High School senior Erin Nielsen are among about 15,000 students nationwide to be named a 2013-14 National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

The 2013-2014 school year is the 59th year of the prestigious program, which honors academically talented high school seniors and lets them compete for 8,000 National Merit Scholarship awards, worth more than $35 million. The awards will be announced this spring. 

To become a National Merit Finalist, students must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying performance. 

More than 1.5 million high school juniors in over 22,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2013-14 National Merit Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

National Merit Finalists will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships.

About 1,000 corporate-sponsored scholarships will also be given by about 240 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet those organizations’ criteria.

And, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance about 4,500 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists attending their sponsoring institution.

2013-14 Merit Scholarship winners will be announced between April-July 2014. They will join more than 300,000 other distinguished students who have earned the National Merit Scholar title.


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