• National Merit Program


  • National Merit Semifinalists

    Plano ISD joins with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) to congratulate Plano ISD National Merit Program® semifinalists. Students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) in their junior year, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. 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 a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed  scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record,  participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

    A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record  throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. From over 16,000 Semifinalists, more than 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship  winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Published below are students with approved publication releases on file. Congratulations to the following students

  • Plano East Senior High School

  • Plano Senior High School

  • Plano West Senior High School