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Record Number of National Merit Finalists To Enter Bowdoin Next Fall

Story posted June 27, 2000

Bowdoin College’s incoming class of first year students will include 22 National Merit Scholarship finalists, the highest number in the college’s history.

The students come from Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine (two), Michigan, New Hampshire (four), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Germany.

"What has impressed me about these future scholars was not only their incredible intellectual abilities but their active involvement in their schools and communities," Dean of Admissions Richard Steele said. "Their passion to learn is motivated by their commitment to serve."

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is an independent non-profit that operates without government assistance. It conducts two privately financed annual competitions: the National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Achievement Scholarship Program. High school students enter these competitions for recognition and scholarships by taking the PSAT, usually as juniors.

As cosponsor of the PSAT/NMSQT, NMSC receives the scores of all students who take the test. High scorers who qualify as Semifinalists and then meet academic and other standards to advance to the Finalist level are considered for college undergraduate scholarships.

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