Return to Headlines

Silsbee High School Senior, Matthew Eyre, named as semifinalist for National Merit Scholarship

Matthew Eyre

SEPTEMBER 27, 2021 - It’s a prestigious honor to be named a National Merit Scholar, but the road to such honor is lengthy, but for one Silsbee Senior, he hopes his hard work will pay off.

Matthew Eyre has qualified as a Semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship.

“It is an honor to be able to academically represent Silsbee High School,” said Eyre.

Typically, more than 1.5 million students in about 21,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship Program each year. About 50,000 students qualify for program recognition. This is the phase Eyre is in currently. Of those students, only about 8,500 receive scholarships. 

So, what does it take to become a Merit Scholar?

Each year's PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test designated for entry to a particular year's competition. Qualifiers are selected by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test Scores. Score levels vary from year to year.  In 2020, Texas had 4,307 students qualify as a "Commended" student. Of those students, 1,339 moved on to become a "Semifinalist".  The Semifinalist group represents less than 1% of the nation's graduating seniors. From the Semifinalist group, Finalists will be selected and will receive a Certificate of Merit.  All scholarship winners will be selected from the Finalist group.

Eyre is continuing to work on advancing to the "Finalist" level of competition.  Part of this requirement is writing an essay, a lengthy resume, and take the SAT or ACT.

The competition for such an award spans one and a half years.

“I hope to help increase visibility of the scholarship program within Silsbee to help to inspire other students to study for the NMSQT, in hopes that next year we can have 3 or 4 times as many National Merit Scholars as this year,” said Eyre.

Eyre is part of the National Honor Society at Silsbee High School and plays on the soccer team.