Elizabethtown Area High School seniors Sean Brown and Ryan Minnich have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) program. They now join the other finalists from across the country in vying for a 2019 National Merit Scholarship, to be awarded later this spring.
Brown is the son of Frank and Caroline Brown of Elizabethtown. Minnich is the son of David Minnich of Lancaster and Sherri Minnich of Elizabethtown.
Brown and Minnich entered the NMSC program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and by meeting the published program entry and participation requirements. The PSAT/NMSQT serves as an initial screen of students entering the competition, totaling approximately 1.5 million each year.
Brown and Minnich were named semifinalists in September 2018, as they had scored in the top 1 percent of all juniors who completed the PSAT in October 2017. They reached the finalist stage on the basis of their SAT scores, grades, essays and letters of recommendation. The nationwide pool of finalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.
Scholarships awarded through the NMSC program are underwritten by NMSC's funds and more than 500 business organizations and educational institutions.