LSMSA students named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists
The following LSMSA seniors join more than 16,000 students nationwide in being selected as National Merit Scholarship Program Corporation (NMSC) semifinalists: Joy Dong ('23) of Lake Charles; Josh Gillet ('23) of Lake Charles; Uyen Nhi Pham ('23) of Lafayette; and Rosie Shultz ('23) of Ruston.
These academically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring. About 95 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
“We could not be prouder of these students for their accomplishments,” said Dr. Steve Horton, LSMSA Executive Director. “Even through the challenges of a global pandemic, they have persevered and modeled the Louisiana School motto: 'We shall excel.'”
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 340 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2023 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.
LSMSA, a tuition-free, publicly funded residential high school, educates highly motivated, high-achieving rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from throughout the state.
Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is the preeminent state-supported residential high school with competitive admissions for Louisiana's high-achieving, highly-motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a public school, there is no tuition to attend, and assistance from the LSMSA Foundation ensures the program is available to all qualifying students regardless of family financial need.