The 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships. Each year, 1.5 million students take the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT, which is the qualifying exam for the competition. As a semifinalist, Macy scored in the top 1% of students nationwide!
Macy may now submit a finalist application to continue on in the National Merit Scholarship competition. About 15,000 students will be named finalists, and more than half of those will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. Students who achieve finalist status will compete for more than $31 million in scholarship awards.
Macy credits her peers and parents as a motivating factor to her success, but also says she puts more pressure on herself to do well than anyone else. It has worked to her favor! Her most notable accomplishments, or the ones that mean the most to her, are receiving a Silver Key award in the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition and making varsity soccer as a sophomore.
After graduation, Macy plans to attend Columbia or the Pratt Institute in New York City to study illustration or another art field.
“I plan on majoring in Illustration or some closely related art field because art has inspired and excited me more than any other subject, and I love the idea of getting to create all kinds of images and products for others,” she said.
While in college, Macy hopes to work part-time in her prospective field as well as open her own online business selling her artwork. Additionally, Macy plans to get to be more involved in social, environmental and political activism.
Outside of academics and art, Macy is an avid soccer player. She started playing at the age of 3 and it has been a constant in her life ever since. She also enjoys cooking, baking, listening to podcasts, watching YouTube and hanging out with friends.
The 2021 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program and NMSC by visiting www.nationalmerit.org.