Two Vancouver students have been named semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program:

  • Carla Kolze, Columbia River High School
  • Van Higgs, Skyview High School

Kolze and Higgs are among the more than 380 students in Washington state and 16,000 nationally who achieved semifinalist status. Less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors earn this distinction. Semifinalist status is based on high scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

These students are now in the running to become finalists. The process includes submitting a detailed scholarship application, demonstrating an outstanding academic record, earning endorsement by a high school administrator, writing an essay and earning high scores on either the SAT or ACT. Approximately half of the finalists will go on to win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the title of Merit Scholar.

Finalists will be announced in February.