John Marshall High School senior Austin Williams has earned the title of National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist as a result of his combined scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
More than 1.6 million juniors across the country participated in the initial screening for the program. Approximately 16,000 Semifinalists have been named in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Williams is one of only 65 West Virginia seniors who has qualified. Nationwide, the Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S high school seniors. The number of Semifinalists in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
To be considered a Finalist, Williams’ next step is to submit a detailed scholarship application on which information is provided about academic records, school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment and honors/awards received. He must also be endorsed and recommended by a John Marshall High School official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that are in line with performance on the qualifying test.
In February Williams will be notified, by mail, if he has been chosen as a Finalist. All winners of Merit Scholarship Awards are chosen based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.
2019 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April and conclude in July.
Williams is the son of Edward and Rebecca Williams of Moundsville. He plans to major in Civil Engineering at West Virginia University.