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4 seniors named National Merit Semifinalists

Four seniors have been named 2018-2019 National Merit Semifinalists at Union High School, 6636 S. Mingo Road. They are pictured here with Senior Class Principal Tony Tempest: (left to right) Lucas Chau, Lily Lu, Tyler Rossow  and Nadia Mustafa.

Originally posted September 12, 2018

Four seniors from Union High School have been named 2018-2019 National Merit Semifinalists:

  • Lucas Chau, son of Hue & Tracy Chau of Broken Arrow
  • Lily Lu, daughter of Yun Lu & Fen Lin of Tulsa
  • Nadia Mustafa, daughter of Sumit and Naila Mustafa of Tulsa
  • Tyler Rossow, son of Joel and Gina Rossow of Tulsa.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. See Tulsa World story. Finalists will be named in February.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

To participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program, a student must:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school student, progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning to enter college no later than the fall following completion of high school;
  • Be a citizen of the United States or, if not now a citizen, a permanent U.S. resident (or an applicant for permanent residency) in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen; and
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT ® in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern.