SYVUHS Boasts National Merit Scholarship Competition Finalist
Casey Mordini-Bluhm, a Santa Ynez Valley Union High School senior, was recently named a Finalist status in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Casey and approximately 1.5 million other high school juniors, entered the contest by taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in the 2014-15 school year. In the fall of 2015, Casey was named a Semifinalist in the competition. Casey is one of only about 15,000 Finalists remaining and is now eligible for consideration for scholarships. Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2016. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be
awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship
awards will be provided by approximately 250 corporations and business organizations for
Finalists who meet their specific criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents
of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 190 colleges and
universities are expected to nance some 3,900 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2016 will be announced in four nationwide news
releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more
than 315,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.