TRUMBULL, Conn. -- Trumbull High School students Jacob Fried and Nicholas Marchenko have been named semifinalists for the 2017 National Merit Scholarship contest.
The two are among about 16,000 semifinalists who are competing for about 7,500 scholarships worth a total of $33 million.
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.