The list of Maryland high school seniors who scored in the top percentile in the country on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), qualifying them as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, has been released.

Only 16,000 students nationwide — less than 1% of high school seniors — will have a chance to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring, officials announced. More than 90% are expected to advance as finalists, about half of whom will win a scholarship.

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National Merit Semifinalists

You can read the full list of Maryland semifinalists in the state here.

The scholarships are supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. and about 400 colleges, universities and businesses.

The list of finalists will be released in February, and the scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and ending in July.

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