For the first time, a Missouri Military Academy cadet shares a lofty status alongside 15,000 other U.S. high school students. Nischal Khanal ’13 was notified of the announcement at lunch today. Khanal was named a National Merit Semifinalist in September and had been awaiting news. He scored in the top one-third of the original 50,000 high scorers to achieve Semifinalist status.
According to the organization, Khanal’s abilities, skills, and accomplishments will determine if he is selected to receive a Merit Scholarship. National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) selectors will also evaluate Khanal’s academic record, two sets of test scores, information about his school involvement, and a personal essay, among other criteria.
Khanal is now in the running to be one of 8,300 Finalists that will be selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award. Beginning next month and continuing to mid-June, NMSC will alert the winners.
One Missouri Military Academy cadet has achieved high honors in this young school year. Nischal Khanal ’13 was recently named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. As one of 16,000 high school seniors who are semifinalists, he qualifies to compete for one of 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, which will be awarded next spring. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. Khanal qualified as a Semifinalist by scoring in the top 1% nationwide of the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Khanal is also a member of the National Honor Society and MMA’s academic honor society, Delta Phi.