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Griffin Sullivan, senior at Abilene High, named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Sullivan makes up less than 1% of high school seniors across the country.
Credit: Abilene Independent School District

ABILENE, Texas — Not everyone can become a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. 

Griffin Sullivan, a senior student at Abilene High School, is part of the 1% of 12th graders across the country who have been selected as a semifinalist for the scholarship opportunity.

Sullivan is a tennis player and a member of his school's choir, and now, he is also part of more than 16,000 semifinalists attempting to become a scholarship finalist. Approximately 95% of semifinalists will move on to the finalist round of the process. 

In order to become one of approximately 15,000 students who are finalists, Sullivan needs to submit an application while receiving endorsement from a school official. He must also provide proof of impressive grades, active school participation, leadership skills, honors and awards. 

From there, he is required to submit a written essay and sufficient SAT or ACT test scores. 

Applicants will have to wait until spring 2023 to find out whether they are finalists who have the chance to be selected as one of 7,250 winners. 

The total award money distributed amongst winners will be approximately $28 million in scholarships and there have been 368,000 winners to date. 

Starting in spring 2023, the official scholarship winners will be announced on various national news releases, so make sure to keep checking back for more. 

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