ACADEMIC TALENT: Four seniors from Union High School have been named 2018-2019 National Merit Semifinalists. They are pictured here with Senior Class Principal Tony Tempest, from left, Lucas Chau, Lily Lu, Tyler Rossow and Nadia Mustafa.
Lucas Chau is the son of Hue and Tracy Chau of Broken Arrow.
Lily Luis is the daughter of Yun Lu and Fen Lin of Tulsa.
Nadia Mustafa is the daughter of Sumit and Naila Mustafa of Tulsa.
Tyler Rossow is the son of Joel and Gina Rossow of Tulsa.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.
, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Scholarships are underwritten by with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share ’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
To participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program, a student must be enrolled full time as a high school student, progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school and planning to enter college no later than the fall following completion of high school.
They must also be a citizen of the United States or, if not now a citizen, a permanent U.S. resident (or an applicant for permanent residency) or in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen; and take the /NMSQT in the specified year of the high school program no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern.