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Wauwatosa School District seniors selected as semifinalists for 2019 National Merit Scholarships

Three Wauwatosa School District students are among approximately 16,000 students nationwide named as semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalists represent less than the top one percent of U.S. high school seniors who tested for the program.


Austin Witte of Wauwatosa East High School, Bradley Nowacek and Amish Verma, both of Wauwatosa West High School, will have the opportunity to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.


To advance to the Finalist level of the competition, Semifinalists must submit an application detailing their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors received. The Semifinalists must also write an essay and be recommended by a high school official.


Finalists will be notified in February 2019. Scholarship winners will be selected from the Finalists with winners announced via four nationwide news releases beginning in April of 2019 through July 2019.


Over 1.6 million high school juniors entered the competition by taking the 2018 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) got its start in 1995. It is a not-for-profit organization. Scholarships are funded through NMSC and hundreds of organizations that share NMSC’s goals.


For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, click HERE.