bogachevAnthony Bogachev, senior at Maple Grove Senior High, was named a National Merit Siemens Scholarship winner. Anthony is one of approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors nationally — and only one of 16 in Minnesota — to win a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship award this year. Scholars are selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and meet the specific criteria of their scholarship sponsors.

Siemens Foundation awards a select number of $4,000 scholarships to children of active, full-time employees based on their academic record throughout high school, PSAT/NMSQT test scores, school recommendations, significant contributions to the school and community, and the student’s statement of goals and interests.

Anthony is the captain of Maple Grove Senior High’s debate, speech and Model United Nations teams. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and tennis team. He has also contributed to community through a number of volunteer projects. Anthony competed in the state speech tournament in 2014. He and his debate partner competed at the Debate Nationals in 2014 and have qualified to return for the 2015 Nationals. Anthony plans to attend college and pursue a career in physics.

The 2015 National Merit Scholarship competition began in October 2013 when more than 1.4 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state representational basis. Only these 15,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition after fulfilling requirements to advance to Finalist standing.

By the conclusion of the 2015 program, about 7,600 Finalists will have been selected to receive corporate-sponsored, college-sponsored or National Merit Scholarships totaling about $34 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

-April 2015