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Bowdoin Enrolls 25 National Merit Scholars

Story posted August 08, 2001

Bowdoin College’s incoming class of first year students (Class of 2005) will include 25 National Merit Scholars, the highest number in the College’s history.

The Scholars come from 16 states and the District of Columbia. Four students are from Maine, three from Pennsylvania, three from Washington, two from Oregon, and one each from California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Vermont, and Virginia.

The National Merit Scholarship is widely regarded as the most prestigious nationwide award bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Approximately 7,900 of the 1.2 million students who compete for the award receive a National Merit Scholarship. Recipients are chosen based on academics and extracurricular activities.

High school students enter the competition for scholarships by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT), usually as juniors. About 50,000 of the highest scorers qualify for Merit Program Recognition. Approximately one-third of those high scorers (about 16,000 students) are designated Semifinalists, who go on to be named Finalists upon meeting academic and other requirements.

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