Six Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
Six Catholic High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists for 2016. Brennan Burke, Davis Polito, Joseph Stassi, Dylan Thompson, David Toups and Parkes Winder were selected from a nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.
As National Merit Scholarship Finalists, these talented young men have the opportunity to compete for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be awarded later this spring. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2016. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 250 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 3,900 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.