St. Mary’s Dominican High School senior Sydney Raymond of New Orleans has been recognized by National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) as a 2021 National Merit Finalist. She is the daughter of Drs. Katherine and Sidney Raymond.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 15,000 students of the 1.5 million juniors who entered qualified as finalists.
Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, NMSC notifies approximately 7,600 finalists that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship, corporate or college-sponsored monetary award.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten buy NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NSMC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.