Sacred Heart students named Merit semifinalists

Left to right, Grace Isford and Virginia Blessing, are National Merit semifinalists at Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich.

Left to right, Grace Isford and Virginia Blessing, are National Merit semifinalists at Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich.

Convent of the Sacred Heart (CSH) recently announced that two seniors, Virginia Blessing and Grace Isford, both of Greenwich, have reached the semifinals of the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Virginia and Grace scored in the top 1% on the 2013 preliminary SAT, which is the scholarship program’s qualifying test. This year’s semifinalists represent 2.4% of the 82-member senior class. Last year, CSH had one semifinalist.

 “We are very excited to celebrate our girls’ achievements as National Merit semifinalists and in all other circumstance of their lives,” said Pamela Juan Hayes, ’64, head of school.

About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT. To become a finalist, the semifinalist and her high school school must submit a detailed scholarship application, including an essay. From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. In February, they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group. Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2015, which include $2,500 scholarships, corporate-sponsored awards and college-sponsored scholarships.

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