An East Providence High School student has earned the distinction of being a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist this year.
Audrey Duarte has qualified to become a National Merit Scholarship finalist, according to a press release from the program. She is one of only about 16,000 students across the country to earn the distinction.
“About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants,” according to the press release.
To become a National Merit Scholarship finalist, Audrey must complete with high school officials an application touting her academic record. Finalists will be awarded one of three types of scholarships, including a possible $2,500 scholarship awarded as a RI finalist.
More than $35 million in scholarships went to 8,000 finalists across the U.S. last year.