St. Mary’s Dominican High School senior Elizabeth Rivas Mobley has been selected as a winner of a National Merit© $2500 Scholarship. Winners are named in every state, in numbers based on the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. In addition, a number of recipients are chosen in the District of Columbia, schools in U.S. commonwealths and territories, schools in other countries that enroll U.S. citizens, and U.S. boarding schools that enroll a sizable portion of students from outside the state in which the school is located. NMSC’s own funds support the majority of the National Merit $2500 Scholarships, but corporate sponsors help underwrite these awards with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees.
Mobley is the daughter of Deborah Rivas and John Mobley, Jr. of Metairie. She was among seven Dominican students that were among the 15,000 finalists in the 67th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. As Finalists, these academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that are offered in the spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.
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 by 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