105 Fremont Unified Seniors Named 2024 National Merit Semifinalists

This week seniors from each comprehensive high school in Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) were named as National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists for 2024. In all, 105 FUSD students were among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists named nationally, representing less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide.

For the third year in a row, the City of Fremont is in the top three California cities in terms of total semifinalists. Fremont, the 16th most populous city in the state, has 118 semifinalists, trailing only San Diego and the City of San José, the second- and third-most populous cities in California.

High school juniors were screened for the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program through the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®); semifinalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

“I congratulate each student named as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, along with the proud families and educators who stand behind them. The consistently high number of Fremont Unified students recognized as semifinalists is a strong indicator of our students’ dedication to academic excellence, and underscores the strength of our district’s educators and schools,” said FUSD Superintendent CJ Cammack.

The 105 semifinalists in the District represent each comprehensive high school: Mission San Jose High School has 49 semifinalists, Irvington High School has 31, American High School has 17, Washington High School has seven, and John F. Kennedy High School has one semifinalist. Sites may recognize the individual semifinalists.

In addition to submitting applications demonstrating their academic record, school and community activities, leadership, employment and honors/awards received, semifinalists must also have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Approximately 15,000 students in the country will advance to the finalists level and be considered for over 7,000 scholarships worth nearly $28 million.

Students will be notified if they advanced to the finalist level in 2024, and the 2024 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases between April and July 2024.

Visit www.nationalmerit.org for more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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