Parnassus Preparatory School Fourth Level Rhetoric (12th Grade) student Karthik Subramanian has been named as a National Merit Finalist.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Students apply by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), usually in their third year of high school. Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Program receives approximately 1.6 million entrants. Karthik was one of 15,000 students nationwide to advance to the finalist stage. About half of all finalists go on to receive scholarships to apply toward their college costs. More than 200 colleges and universities around the country offer automatic scholarships for National Merit Finalists.
In order to become a Finalist, the selected students have to complete a detailed scholarship application that details the students’ academic record, participation in extracurricular activities and community service, leadership abilities, employment, and any honors or awards received. Semifinalists must also write an essay, sit for the SAT exam, and receive a qualifying SAT score.
“The Parnassus staff and I are extremely proud of Karthik for being recognized as a National Merit Finalist,” said Parnassus Preparatory School Executive Director Constance Ford. “In addition to excelling academically, Karthik possess a sterling character and devotes himself fully to his extracurricular pursuits. He is a true classical scholar in every sense.”