Polk County, Florida -- It's one of the highest academic honors a high school student can recieve: the National Merit Scholarship.
Currently, six Polk public school students are 2011 National Merit or National Achievement scholarship finalists, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Recognition from the National Merit or National Achievement scholarship programs are among the most prestigious academic honors for a high school senior in the United States. Click here for further information on either program.
More than 1.5 million students entered the 2011 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). There are approximately 15,000 finalists. The 2011 National Merit finalists, including five from Polk, represent less than one percent of high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants on the qualifying test.
Click below to read more about the outstanding local students who are in the running: