Cameron Kilpatrick

RFA senior Kilpatrick named National Merit semifinalist

Published Sep 24, 2017 at 9:00am

Rome Free Academy senior Cameron Kilpatrick is among local high school seniors who have been named as semifinalists for the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Others include Nathan Gale and Erik Smith of Clinton High School; Eun Woo Cho of New Hartford High School; and Kevin J. Schult of Hamilton Central School.

Nationwide, about 16,000 students overall were announced as semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Steps in the 2018 competition included about 1.6 million high school juniors taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of about 16,000 semifinalists includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Among other steps, students seeking to become a finalist must submit a scholarship application including such information as academic record, participation in school and community activities, plus honors and awards received. National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in college studies.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in spring 2018, including 2,500 scholarships of $2,500 that will be awarded on a state-representational basis.