BEA’s Phoebe McClincy is scholarship semifinalist

WINGATE – Phoebe McClincy, a senior at the Bald Eagle Area High School, has been named a semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Semifinalists were selected based on scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 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 scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Phoebe, who is the daughter of Timothy and Beth McClincy of Milesburg, now has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

To become a finalist, Phoebe and the Bald Eagle High School must submit a detailed scholarship application, providing information about her academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received.

From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.