Saint Ursula Academy is proud to announce the students named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation competition for the 2020-2021 school year.
Deirdre Carroll of Kenwood
Marygrace Fagan of Loveland
Elizabeth Volk of Cleves
Deirdre, Marygrace, and Elizabeth are among the 16,000 students of more than 1.5-million nationwide who entered the competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test last fall. The semifinalists represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
‘We are incredibly proud of these young women, whose commitment to their academics in evident by this accomplishment,” said Dr. Mari Thomas, Saint Ursula Academy principal. “What’s as important is to recognize that each one of these young women is also a caring, confident leader committed to living Saint Ursula’s mission to go out and build a better world. We can’t wait to see what these special women accomplish in the future!”
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30-million that will be offered in the spring.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of competition. Over 90% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
Saint Ursula Academy is a Catholic, college-preparatory, secondary school for young women known for academic excellence and rich tradition. Saint Ursula welcomes students from more than 80 grade schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Class of 2020 reported earning college scholarship offers averaging $169,375 per student. The Academy is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. The campus, located at 1339 E. McMillan Street in East Walnut Hills has been the home of Saint Ursula Academy and Convent since 1910.