Two St. Pius X High School seniors, Nathan Murphy and Grace Phillips, were named Semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
These academically talented St. Pius X students represent a nationwide pool of less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. They have an opportunity to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered in the spring.
Murphy is interested in attending Brown University, Vassar College or Tufts University and is likely to major in theater. This summer, he will volunteer with Alley Theater’s PlayMakers, a children’s theater camp. Phillips plans to attend the University of St. Thomas in the fall and is interested in studying science.
The selection process for this prestigious competition began Murphy & Phillips’ junior year by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). About 1.4 million juniors entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program and only approximately 16,000 semifinalists were selected.
Finalists for the award will be announced in February 2015 and are chosen on the basis of exceptional academic ability, skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.