Jake Crouse of Cheraw, a senior at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM), was recently named a National Merit Semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). He is now eligible for one of 8,300 scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.
NMSC chose approximately 16,000 semifinalists from across the nation. Crouse is among 10 GSSM students receiving this honor. He is the son of Raymond and Mary Crouse and attended Cheraw High School prior to being accepted to GSSM.
“Getting to this point took a lot of hard work and preparation, but it is one of the greatest academic decisions I’ve ever made,” said Crouse.
The program begins with students taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). Semifinalists from across the country are then named based on the highest-scoring entrants in each state. A student becomes a finalist based on academic record, high school principal endorsement and an SAT score confirming their qualifying test score.
Merit Scholars are selected from the finalist pool based on skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Approximately 90 percent of semifinalists are predicted to become finalists and over half of the finalists will be awarded a scholarship. Scholarship awards will be announced beginning in April 2012 and concluding in July.
For more information on the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics, contact Leigh Hewlett at 803-252-9152 or email@example.com.