Almost 200 seniors from Montgomery County high schools were among about 16,000 nationwide semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
The students will compete for more than $35 million in scholarships, according to an announcement from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville and Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring led the county schools with 41 and 36 students, respectively. The list includes students from 14 of the 25 county public high schools and from 11 local private schools, for a total of 182 students.
Three types of scholarships will be offered to qualifying semifinalists in the spring: $2,500 scholarships will be awarded by state; about 1,000 corporate scholarships will be awarded; and there will be about 4,500 college-sponsored scholarships awarded. Those winners will be announced from April to July.