IWA Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist

Incarnate Word Academy senior Ursula Buchwald is a Semifinalist in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Buchwald is an excellent student, and is active in extracurricular activities such as our Falcon Theatre program and competing with our Quiz Bowl club at events around the state. She is one of 16,000 students from across the country to be given the honor, and will go on to compete for one of the coveted National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring.

“I’m so very proud of Ursula’s achievement,” said Sister Lauren Beck, C.V.I., president of Incarnate Word Academy. “She is a dedicated student, a kind young woman and an emerging leader. She is co-directing our fall play with one of her fellow students, stepping up to a tremendous challenge. Ursula has brought her great gifts to IWA and is a true Woman of the Word. We’re thrilled to see her recognized in this way.”

To become a Finalist, Buchwald will submit a detailed scholarship application, including information about her academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership capabilities, and honors and awards received. Finalists will be notified of their standing in February.

More than 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools across the U.S. entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 
More than $31 million will be awarded to those students who are named National Merit Scholars in the spring.