McAllen ISD student David Li is now part of a prestigious group of national scholars. Li is one of approximately 15,000 finalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The honor places him in the top one percent of students nationwide who took part in the program.
Li is a student in the International Baccalaureate Programme based at Lamar Academy. His home campus is McAllen Memorial High. He is one of more than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools who entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of finalists includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
The semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 scholarships this spring. An announcement of winners comes in May.
About the National Merit Scholarship Program
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, students must fulfill several requirements. About half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. NMSC is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Since established in 1955, it specifically conducts and underwrites the annual scholarship program.