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National Merit® Scholarship

The National Merit® Scholarship is an annual, academic competition among high school students for recognition and college scholarships. The program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Achieving an exceptional score on the PSAT is the first step in the process to earning a National Merit Scholarship.

Since its founding in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized over 3 million students and provided more than 396,000 scholarships worth over $1.5 billion. The honors awarded by NMSC to exceptionally able students are viewed as definitive marks of excellence. Recipients of Merit Scholarship® awards, Achievement Scholarship® awards, and corporate-sponsored Special Scholarships have increased the nation's respect for intellectual accomplishments and have contributed significantly to its talent pool of future leaders.  (

2018 CCS National Merit® Semifinalists: Luke Schlake and Nathan Smearsoll

2015 CCS National Merit® Semifinalists: Laura Silvashy and Isaac Smearsoll

Congratulations, Luke, Nathan, Laura and Isaac!