About 15,000 of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2017 met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.
Approximately 90% of semifinalists advanced to the finalist level; from this group, all National Merit Scholarship winners are chosen. 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.
Laura Schnitzler, Highlands High School guidance counselor, stated, “I'm so proud of Savannah and her achievements. Savannah is an exceptional young lady who plans to major in education. I trust that with her diligent work ethic and commitment to excellence, she will become a phenomenal educator.”