Top of the Class
Two CM seniors semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships
By LANA MUTHLER
MILL HALL — Two Central Mountain High School seniors are among 16,000 students nationwide in the running for National Merit Scholarships.
Raahi Chapla and Matthew Schubach are on the list of semifinalists for the 2018 scholarships.
Chapla plans to become a medical doctor after graduating from Central Mountain High School. He “gives a shout out to Khan Academy for helping him prepare for the PSAT testing.”
Schubach will be attending Penn State University to study chemical engineering with plans to go on to graduate school to become a researcher.
“I could not be prouder of these two students,” said CEntral Mountain Principal Steve Turchetta. “To have two semifinalists from Central Mountain for this prestigious award is an honor.”
Each year, over 1.6 million students vie to earn one of the 7,500 coveted awards.
Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, the finalists will be notified at their home addresses that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award.
The scholarships are of three types — National Merit $2,500 scholarship awards, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.
The National Merit Scholarship Program commends the top 50,000 students who score the highest on the PSAT/NMSQT. The student’s responses to items on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet that are specific to NMSC program entry determine whether the individual meets requiiprements to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
In early September, about 16,000 students were notified that they had qualified as semifinalists.
To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.
All winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments, with regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.
Merit scholarship awards are supported by some 420 independent sponsors and by NMSC’s own funds. Sponsororganizations include corporations and businesses, company foundations, professional associations and colleges and universities.