OSHstudentsOSHstudents-2Three seniors have been named Finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Osseo Senior High’s Emma Folke and Maple Grove Senior High’s Emily Leonard and Malavika Suresh have earned this prestigious distinction, which places them among the top one percent of all seniors nationwide. These academically talented high school seniors are eligible for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) notifies Finalists at their home addresses that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award. All Merit Scholar designees are chosen based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.