Katy ISD Recognizes National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Katy ISD Recognizes National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

October 31 2023

This evening, 83 Katy ISD National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists were recognized among family, Board of Trustees, staff, and district leadership at a special reception.  

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) recently announced the names of over 16,000 semifinalists who participated in the 69th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among them are 83 Katy ISD high school students. These highly decorated students have earned their place in the next phase of the competition, vying for 7,140 National Merit Scholarships that total nearly $28 million. The students who become National Merit Finalists will be announced in the spring of 2024.  

The following Katy ISD campuses have students named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation program:  

Katy ISD School 
Number of Semifinalists 
Cinco Ranch High School  
Jordan High School 
Katy High School 
Seven Lakes High School 
Taylor High School 
Tompkins High School  

“We are proud of these students and their remarkable accomplishments,” said Ronnie Edwards, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support at Katy ISD. “To have 83 Katy ISD students advancing to the finalist stage of the National Merit Scholarship Program speaks to their steadfast pursuit for academic excellence,” added Edwards.  

To become a finalist, students and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist's academic record, their participation in school and community activities, information demonstrating leadership abilities, as well as employment and any honors and awards received. Additionally, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm their performance on the qualifying test.

Source: Katy ISD

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