Two FHSD Seniors Earn National Merit Scholarships

Posted on 06/08/2020
National Merit Scholarship Program - Joanna Dohrman, FHN, Logan Nachtrab, FHC

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced that seniors Joanna Dohrman of Francis Howell North and Logan Nachtrab of Francis Howell Central have both been awarded NMSC scholarships in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Nachtrab was awarded the National Merit Boeing Scholarship. The corporate-sponsored NMSC scholarships are financed by more than 150 different corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations. Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $1,000 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Nachtrab plans on studying sports management at the University of Missouri –Columbia.

Dohrman was one of this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. These designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state, judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Dohrman plans on studying medicine at Johns Hopkins.

Over 1.5 million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  By the conclusion of the 2020 program, about 7,600 Finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of more than $30 million in college scholarships.

NMSC, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of scholarships offered each year are underwritten by approximately 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that share NMSC’s goals of honoring scholastically talented youth and encouraging academic excellence at all levels of education.

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