Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 – 11:01 AM
By Laura Coleman
Beverly Hills High School seniors Shawn Ahdout, Dong Won Lee and Seo Yeon Yoo are among 16,000 semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program – selected from an entry pool of about 1.5 million students who took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors.
Last year BHHS had three semifinalists, up from the two students named in 2013.
The academic scholarship competition seeks to identify and honor academically talented high school students throughout the nation. Since its founding in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the competition, has provided more than $1.4 billion in scholarships.
To become a finalists, BHHS must submit detailed scholarship applications for each of the students, which includes the student’s academic record, demonstrated leadership abilities, community and school participation, and honors and awards received. About 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level and will be notified of the designation in February.
As finalists, Ahdout, Lee and Yoo will compete for one of 2,500 $2,500 scholarships, which will be awarded this spring