York Suburban Merit Scholars

Each year, approximately 1.6 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT exam.  This exam not only prepares students for the SAT but also allows students to enroll in a competitive program that screens superior academic performance for future scholarships.

Scholarships can range from a few hundred dollars to 100% paid tuition with money donated from the College Board, corporate sponsors, and college sponsorships. The top 50,000 students are recognized each year as Merit Scholars.  The top 16,000 students from the pool of 50,000 are named as Semifinalists and the remaining 36,000 are titled Commended. After successfully completing an application and fulfilling the rigorous requirements of the program, the top 15,000 (less than 1% of all test takers) are identified as Finalists.  We are very excited to announce that we had three Finalists, one Semifinalist and 8 Commended Merit Scholars in the class of 2018.


Bryce Gavin
Charlotte Nesbitt
Zezette Pflaum


Steven Burchett


Anne Baskwill
Tanner Haynes
Josh Kerr
Ban Khuc
Maya Lehman
Kaidin Mir-Young
Katherine Mooney
Peyton Stuart

2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Semi-Finalists were recently announced and included four York Suburban seniors:

Samuel R. Garncarz, son of Mr. John and Mrs. Anne Marie Grancarz

Zoe M. Prats, daughter of Mr. Jamie and Mrs. Melanie Prats

Bryn C. Walsh, daughter of Mr. Ned Walsh and Mrs. Jennifer Hughes

Caleb J. West, son of Mr. Jonathan and Mrs. Heidi West


Submitted by Mr. Scott Shirey, High School Assistant Principal