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Erin Chapman, a senior at North Point High School, has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. (Submitted photo)
Chapman is one of 50 state finalists and 2,500 national finalists selected for the one-time $2,500 scholarship program out of more than 15,000 semi-finalists. Finalists are chosen for their outstanding accomplishments, skills and their potential to achieve success in rigorous college studies, and are selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors.
Chapman plans to study Biology and plans to attend Georgetown University in the fall.
Chapman and approximately 16,000 other semi-finalists advanced to the national finalist level, which is determined by high school academic performance and SAT scores, as well as for community involvement and leadership. Students preliminarily qualify for this scholarship when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
The NMSC is a non-profit organization that was established in 1955 to conduct the annual National Merit Program. Scholarships awarded through the program are underwritten by NMSCís funds and more than 500 business organizations and other educational institutions with the goal of honoring the nationís scholastic students and the pursuit of academic excellence.
Source: Charles County Public Schools