Area students are semi-finalists for National Merit Scholarships

Area students are semi-finalists for National Merit Scholarships.

They include Cord Redding, Des Lacs-Burlington High School; Brody Armstrong, Minot High School-Magic City Campus, and Matthew Talley, a homeschooled student from Minot.

They are among 16,000 semi-finalists for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships. To become a finalist, students must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. They must also be recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier performance on a qualifying test.

Merit scholarships are funded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, other corporations and the colleges the students will attend.

Students will be notified in February whether they have become finalists. Scholarships will be awarded from the pool of finalists.