is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist
Doris A. Whitley of Cottonwood was named one of 16,000 semifinalist national in the 53rd annual National Merit® Scholarship Program.
She will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of 8200 Merit Scholarship® awards, worth $34 million, that will be offered next spring.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must advance to the Finalist level of competition by fulfilling several requirements. About 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
Three types of Merit Scholarship awards will be offered in the spring of 2008. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,100 corporate-sponsored scholarships will be provided by some 300 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantorís employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, approximately 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,600 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.
Merit Scholarship winners of 2008 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join some 250,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.