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FUSD Students Named 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Posted 9/16/20

Once again, Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) high school students have earned an impressive number of the approximately 16,000 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2021. In all, 106 FUSD students, representing four of the District’s comprehensive high schools, made the list, helping Fremont post the 3rd-highest number of semifinalists (110) among cities in California – trailing only San Jose and San Diego.

“We are excited to see so many of our students recognized for their hard work throughout their high school careers,” said FUSD Superintendent, CJ Cammack. “I congratulate all our students, as well as FUSD teachers and staff, and our District families, for their efforts – through some challenging circumstances – and dedication to success both in the classroom and in all aspects of their lives.”

Among FUSD schools Mission San Jose High School placed 64 semifinalists on the list, followed by Irvington High School with 23, American High School with 13 and Washington High School with six. After submitting applications demonstrating their academic record, community service, leadership, employment and honors/awards received, these FUSD students will join other semifinalists nationwide competing for 7,600 scholarships worth more than $30 million. Those selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalists will be notified in the spring.

Approximately 1.5 million high school juniors from 21,000 schools were considered for the 66th National Merit Scholarship Program through their performance on the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and their 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. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title. Visit www.nationalmerit.org for more information.