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FUSD Boasts 119 National Merit Semifinalists


FUSD high school students were once again well-represented among the approximately 16,000 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2019 named last fall. In all, 119 FUSD students, representing four of the District’s comprehensive high schools, were on the list, helping Fremont post the 3rd-highest number of semifinalists (120) among cities in California – trailing only San Jose (203) and San Diego (162).


“To again have so many FUSD students selected for this honor is an outstanding achievement that speaks volumes of their character, work ethic and an intense desire to learn,” said FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Kim Wallace. “I know I speak for all teachers and staff in saying how proud we are of their accomplishments and how well they represent our District locally, to the state and around the country.”


Setting the pace for FUSD was Mission San Jose High School with 56 semifinalists – the second-most of any high school in California. Irvington High School placed 33 students on the list, followed by American High School with 22, Washington High School with seven and the District’s Circle of Independent Learning (C.O.I.L.) charter school with one. 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 7,500 scholarships worth more than $31 million. Those selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalists will be notified in the spring.


Approximately 1.6 million high school juniors from 22,000 schools were considered for the 64th National Merit Scholarship Program through their performance on the 2017 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. Sixteen FUSD students were named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Finalists last year.


National Merit Scholarship winners of 2019 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 338,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title. Visit for more information.