The semifinalists are Timothy Brown and Holland Perryman (Beaufort High), Nolan Hawkins and Jackson Ward (Hilton Head High), and Corrissa Velder (May River High).

Beaufort County students honored as National Merit semifinalists for 2022
Posted on 09/16/2021
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Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021

Beaufort County students honored as National Merit semifinalists for 2022

BEAUFORT– Five Beaufort County School District students have been announced as semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program and will advance to the next level of competition.

Selected as national semifinalists were Timothy Brown and Holland Perryman (Beaufort High), Nolan Hawkins and Jackson Ward (Hilton Head High), and Corrissa Velder (May River High).  

These students entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They are part of the nationwide pool of Semifinalists that includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state, placing them in the top one percent of all U.S. high school seniors.

As semifinalists, they will compete with 16,000 national finalists for 7,500 college scholarships worth nearly $30 million. 

“These are five outstanding students,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez.  “I am confident they will represent Beaufort County well in the next phases of this national competition.”

In order to become a finalist, each semifinalist and their high school must now submit a detailed application that provides information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards.  In addition, each semifinalist must be endorsed and recommended by an official from their high school, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier score on the qualifying test.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. is a nonprofit established in 1955, and its scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and more than 400 businesses and higher education institutions.