Local students competing in national scholarship program

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Bennett Wolf, Jennie White and Pranav Puri (photo from Moline High School)

Two Moline High School seniors have been selected as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Another has been noted for her exceptional promise.

A spokesperson from the Moline School District said that Pranav Puri and Bennet Wolf were chosen for the program after taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The test is the first step for applicants.

To be considered a finalist, a scholarship application must be submitted from the student and their high school. Applications include the student’s academic record, school and extracurricular activities, leadership abilities, honors, and awards.

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Over $32 million in scholarships will be awarded. Finalists will have to compete for one of the 8,300 available scholarships, which include the National Merit $2,500 scholarships, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, and college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.

Scholarships recipients will be announced from April to July 2014.

Students around the country can be named Commended Students for their exceptional academic promise. They placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition. Jennie White from Moline High School has been named a Commended Student in the program.