National Merit Scholarship Program names Lincoln-Way East senior as winner
Friday, May 12, 2017

On May 9, 2017, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Lincoln-Way East senior Sabrina Corsetti has been named a winner.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships. Students earn the title of commended, semifinalist, finalist, or winner throughout the highly competitive process.

“We are incredibly proud of Sabrina’s accomplishment as a National Merit Scholarship Winner,” said Michalak. “This is a highly selective program that recognizes the top-achieving students in the nation, and I am thrilled Sabrina will be rewarded for her hard work and dedication to Lincoln-Way East.”

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2015 when over 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state-representational basis.

Only these 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2017 program, about 7,500 Finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of over $32 million in college scholarships.

“I am always looking for new ways to challenge myself both in and out of school,” says Corsetti. “My education has been my lifelong passion, and I couldn’t feel more honored by this achievement.”