Jimmy Lee, of Kenner, is one of four seniors from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches who are finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
To become a finalist, these students and their high school submitted a detailed scholarship application, in which they provided information about their academic records; participation in school and community activities; employment; honors and awards received; and demonstrated leadership abilities. Nationwide, there are about 15,000 National Merit finalists.
Merit scholars 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.
Three types of National Merit scholarships will be offered in the spring. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by about 240 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,500 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.