Potsdam resident awarded National Merit Bowdoin Scholarship
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 8:12 am

POTSDAM -- Chatham Borsh of Potsdam has been awarded the National Merit Bowdoin College Scholarship.

Borsh plans to study biochemistry. Founded in 1794, Bowdoin is one of the nation's oldest liberal arts colleges, located on a 110-acre campus in Brunswick, Maine.

This year’s competition for began when approximately 1.5 million juniors high school students took the 2011 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

In September 2012, about 16,000 semifinalists were named on a state representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors.

Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To become a finalist, each semifinalist had to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay, describing leadership positions and contributions in school and community activities, showing an outstanding academic record, and being endorsed and recommended by a high school official.

Semifinalists also had to take the sat and earn scores that confirmed their performance on the initial qualifying test.

From the semifinalist group, about 15,000 attained finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists were chosen to receive scholarships.