Hoogenboom is a senior at Beaufort High

Ian Hoogenboom named National Merit Scholarship finalist
Posted on 09/11/2019
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Beaufort High School senior honored
as 2020 National Merit Semifinalist

BEAUFORT – A Beaufort High School senior was announced today as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Ian Hoogenboom will compete with other national semifinalists for 7,500 college scholarships worth more than $31 million. 

“Ian is an outstanding student, and we’re confident that he’ll do well in the next stages of this national competition,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez.  “We’re very proud of him.”

More than 1.5 million high school students from about 21,000 American high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  About 16,000 semifinalists were announced today.

To become a finalist in the next stage of the national competition, each semifinalist and his or her high school must now submit a detailed application that provides information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, honors and awards.  In addition, each semifinalist must be endorsed and recommended by an official from their high school, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier score on the qualifying test.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. is a nonprofit established in 1955, and its scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and more than 400 businesses and higher education institutions.