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Sherman High School Senior Named National Merit Semifinalist

Nick Estes Sherman Independent School District is proud to announce that Sherman High School Senior Nick Estes has been named as a Semifinalist in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

This year, Estes is the only student in the Grayson County area to receive this distinguished honor from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which began the program in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the tests which served as an initial screen of program entrants. 

 “The National Merit Scholarship program is such an awesome opportunity, and I’m ecstatic to even be considered,” he said. “It’s such an honor to be selected as a semifinalist and now I’ll begin working on my application with my counselors, teachers, and administrators right here at SHS.” 

To become a Finalist, Estes must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which he will provide information about his academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. He also must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Estes said he is looking forward to submitting his information and sharing his academic accomplishments with the program.

“The application will be submitted in early October- after that, all we can do is collectively keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best,” he said.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. 

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2020. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 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 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

“We all are truly proud of Nick and will fully support him throughout this process,” SHS Principal Jenifer Politi said. “Because of his hard work, he is the first student in years to receive this honor at SHS. He’s a well-rounded student that represents our school and community to the fullest. His entire SHS family is standing behind him and we wish him the best.”

In November, Estes will be formally recognized by the Sherman ISD Board of Trustees during the monthly board meeting at the SISD Administration building.


Kimberly Simpson & National Merit Scholarship Corp