Two Robbinsdale Area Schools seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
Seniors Amanda Bratsch, from Armstrong High School, and Andrew Tan, from Cooper High School, join more than 270 students from Minnesota, and 16,000 nationally, in being named semifinalists. Both are in the running to earn one of the 7,500 scholarships of up to $2,500 for college, as well as the title of National Merit Scholar.
To qualify as semifinalists, Bratsch and Tran had to score in the top one percent in the state on the Preliminary SAT test, which was administered last year when students were juniors.
National Merit finalists will be announced this spring. Those who advance will learn as early as April whether they’ve earned a scholarship.
Nationally, 2,500 students will earn the most prestigious prize — a one-time $2,500 National Merit Scholarship — when they are named National Merit Scholars. Another 5,000 will receive college- and corporate-sponsored National Merit scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 per year.
Last year, Armstrong’s Mio Aoki-Sherwood and Matthew Spickelmier were named finalists and earned $2,500 scholarships.