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Delaney Jones Semi-Finalist for National Merit Scholarship

An image of Delaney Jones and principal Dr. Croley standing side by side.

Delaney Jones, a senior at McCluer North High School (MNHS) in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, represents less than one percent of United States high school seniors who qualified as a semifinalist for the 2019 National Merit Scholarship (NMSC) Program.

“It’s pretty exciting to know that you have a scholar in your building achieving great heights,” said Dr. Andrew Croley, principal at MNHS. “As a high school principal, I love getting those letters from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in August, because when you get them, you hope that you see a student’s name attached to it.”

Over 1.6 million students across 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 NMSC program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Jones was one of the highest-scoring entrants in the state of Missouri.

Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

“I’m excited about this opportunity,” said Jones. “I know that this will help me in my undergraduate studies, and I’m very excited to be considered for this.”

Jones is unsure what college she will attend, but she desires to study entomology.