AHS senior named National Merit semifinalist

Published 1:41 am Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Andalusia High School senior Sim Bowden is one of 16,000 semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today. There were 216 semifinalists from Alabama, and only three from the Wiregrass.

Sim Bowden

Sim Bowden

He is the son of Ben and Angie Bowden.

Those high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

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 (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.