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FUSD Students Named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Posted 9/18/19

FUSD high school students were once again represented prominently among the approximately 16,000 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2020 named on September 11. In all, 153 FUSD students, (an increase of 34 from 2019) representing all five of the District’s comprehensive high schools, were on the list, helping Fremont post the 3rd-highest number of semifinalists (158) among cities in California – trailing only San Jose (271) and San Diego (162).


“We are very proud to see all our high schools represented on this very special list of students,” said FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Kim Wallace. “I congratulate all our students on their hard work, along with FUSD teachers and staff, as well as parents and family members, for their support in and out of the classroom that place our students in the best position to succeed.”


Setting the pace for FUSD was Mission San Jose High School with 66 semifinalists – tied for the most of any high school in California. Irvington High School placed 46 students on the list, followed by American High School with 21, Washington High School with 16 and Kennedy High School with four (See full list of Bay Area semifinalists here). After submitting applications demonstrating their academic record, community service, leadership, employment and honors/awards received, these FUSD students will join other semifinalists nationwide competing for 7,600 scholarships worth more than $31 million. Those selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalists will be notified in the spring.


Approximately 1.5 million high school juniors from 21,000 schools were considered for the 65th National Merit Scholarship Program through their performance on the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. Fourteen FUSD students were named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Finalists last year.


National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title. Visit for more information.