Chancy J. Gatlin-Anderson
Special to Colorado Community Media
Brady Mowbray, an Elizabeth High School senior, has been named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Mowbray is one of 16,000 semifinalists throughout the country in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, representing less than 1% of high school seniors in the United States. To qualify as a semifinalist, Mowbray scored very high on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).
“Being named a National Merit Scholar semifinalist is definitely an honor. I feel proud of myself for being among the top 16,000 students to take the NMSQT, and therefore among the top students in the United States, ”said Mowbray in an email correspondence from Oct. 17. “I’m excited to use my National Merit on my college applications and hopefully win plenty of scholarships.”
To become a finalist, Mowbray and Elizabeth High School officials must submit a detailed scholarship application with information about his academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
All semifinalists must also demonstrate their excellent academic record, write an essay, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and have high SAT or ACT scores. Mowbray’s SAT score is 1550, with a perfect score being 1600.
Mowbray is involved with numerous sports and activities at EHS, making him an excellent candidate for the National Merit Scholarship finals. He participates in the chess club and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). He also helps produce segments for the EZTV school broadcast, participates in the spring musicals, and competes in several events with the Elizabeth track and field team.
Currently Mowbray is undecided as to where to attend college. He has a wide array of academic interests including chemical engineering, physics, mathematics and theater.
“I am primarily interested in careers and academics related to STEM fields,” said Mowbray. “My career choices at the moment are similar; I could be an engineer, a chemist, a pharmacist, a physicist or a director, among many, many other possibilities. “
There are three types of National Merit Scholarships that will be offered to finalists in the spring of 2023. Each will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit Scholarships worth $ 2,500. Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships will be awarded to 950 finalists, and 3,800 finalists will receive college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.
Scholarship winners will be announced between April and July 2023. The National Merit Scholarship winners will join nearly 368,000 other distinguished students who have earned the title throughout the organization’s 68-year history.
“My advice to other students applying for the National Merit Scholarship is to keep improving yourself. Take practice SATs and listen during class so that you know what the NMSQT will be like, ”said Mowbray. “Do well on the test, but don’t worry about the result regardless of how well you think you did. Being a National Merit Scholar is cool, and you should strive to be one, but there are also plenty of other amazing scholarships and opportunities out there that you can work towards. “
For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, please visit nationalmerit.org.
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