Liberty student wins prestigious scholarship
July 3, 2012
Liberty High School student and Newcastle resident Michael Payant is the recipient of a National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship.
National Merit scholarships provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.
The award is given through the National Merit Scholarship Corp. as a result of qualifying as a National Merit finalist through performance on the PSAT.
From approximately 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program, only about 16,000 were named semifinalists. In order to advance in the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, a semifinalist had to become a finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance.
All winners of about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships are chosen from the group of approximately 15,000 distinguished finalists.