Ruth Player named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School is pleased to announce that senior Ruth Player has been named a 2020 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Ruth is one of approximately 16,000 students nationwide to receive this distinction, and will be competing for one of 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
“This is a tremendous honor for Ruth and for Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School. Ruth has always been a tremendous student, and it’s really great to see her gain national recognition for her efforts and ability,” says Weston Nunn, the school’s Director of College Placement. Ruth joins past Semifinalists from Trinity-Byrnes Cates Saleeby and Sydney Hill in advancing this far in the competition. Becoming a Finalist requires submitting a detailed scholarship application which will provide information about a student’s academic record, school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, and other honors. An essay will also be required.
Trinity-Byrnes Head of School Ed Hoffman says of Ruth, “She has always represented herself, her family, and her school with honor and class, and we are so proud to call her a Titan.” National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.