Laruen Lee

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that Bartlesville High School senior Lauren Lee has been named a Semifinalist in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Lauren, the daughter of Allison and David Lee, currently holds the esteemed positions of Student Body President, National Honor Society President, and serves on the Superintendent Advisory Council. In addition, she is an active member of the World Language club.

Beyond her academic and leadership roles, Lauren dedicates her spare time to volunteering and tutoring younger students. She also enjoys pursuing hobbies such as baking, reading, and mastering the piano and violin. Lauren is charting her course towards higher education, where she intends to major in either biology or finance.

Approximately 16,000 students were selected nationwide in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 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. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

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 NMSC's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.