PORTSMOUTH, R.I., September 27, 2012 – Allison Bolles, a Sixth-Form (12th grade) student at Portsmouth Abbey School, in Portsmouth, R.I., has been named a Semifinalist in the 58th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. Bolles, of Virginia, is one of 16,000 Semifinalists chosen from an original group of 1.5 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools who entered the prestigious contest. The names of the Semifinalists were announced recently in Evanston, Ill., by officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
Bolles now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 Merit Scholarship® awards, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must
advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling several requirements. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.