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Plainfield North senior named 2023 National Merit semifinalist

Plainfield North High School senior Satviki Madaan is among about 16,000 National Merit Scholarship 2023 semifinalists nationwide.

Madaan will compete for 7,250 National Merit Scholarship awards, worth about $28 million.

National Merit Award Finalists will be announced next spring. This is the 68th year of the prestigious program, which honors academically talented high school seniors.

About 15,000 of the 16,000 semifinalists for this school year are expected to be named Finalists, and about half of the Finalists will be named National Merit Scholars.

To become a National Merit Finalist, students must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying performance.

The semifinalist and a school official must also submit a detailed scholarship application, including the student’s self-descriptive essay and information about the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Juniors from high schools nationwide entered the 2023 National Merit Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The pool of semifinalists comprises less than one percent of all United States high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

National Merit Finalists will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships.

About 180 corporations and businesses will also give about 950 corporate-sponsored scholarships to finalists who meet those organizations’ criteria.

Likewise, about 160 colleges and universities are expected to finance about 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists attending their sponsoring institution.

The 2023 Merit Scholarship winners will be announced between April-July 2022. They will join more than 368,000 other distinguished students who have earned the title of National Merit Scholar.

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