IHA Excels in 2020 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Updated: Nov 14, 2019




On September 11, 2019, it was announced that Immaculate Heart Academy seniors, Grace Mendolia’20, Ava Sciubba’20, and Kang Hyun Ryu’20, were named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit® Scholarship Program.


Within this year’s program, IHA has the most Semifinalists out of any other all-girls high school in the entire state of New Jersey and is tied for the most out of all Catholic high schools in the state!


These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some seven thousand six hundred National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered in the spring.  Additionally, thirteen seniors were named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit® Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Isabella DeCurtis’20; Maryannette Diaz’20; Hannah Gurney’20; Angeline Jacob’20; Yoona Kim’20; Emma Kramer’20; Emma Matesic’20; Juliana Najjar’20; Jessica O’Neill’20; Emma Patton’20; Gabrielle Peko’20; Sophia Ruggier’20; and Elise Vergos’20.  The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. More than 1.5M juniors in about twenty-one thousand high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.


In September 2019, about 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are awarded on the basis of a national Selection Index qualifying score, which varies from year to year. The national qualifying score for Commended Students in the 2020 program was 212.


The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in the state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.


Congratulations to sixteen of Immaculate Heart Academy's outstanding seniors on this incredible academic achievement!


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