Senior Sydney Wax received the Commended Student designation in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit® Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)–a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
CCS is proud of Sydney and her accomplishments and looks forward to hearing about her many successes in the future.
NMSP Program Recognition | Award Process
Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program.
In April, following the fall test administration, high-scoring participants from every state are invited to name two colleges or universities to which they would like to be referred by National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist.
In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to Finalist standing. High school principals are notified and provided with a certificate to present to each Finalist. All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments–without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.