The scholarships, granted to about 8,000 students total, are based on academic achievements of current high school seniors who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as a junior. Student scores and applications are considered in the selection process.
Out of about 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, five students are from schools in Kirkwood:
- Ellen Heaghney, Kirkwood High
- Ian P. Huffman, Kirkwood High
- Jack A. Lyons, Vianney
- Anthony W. Schrader, Vianney
- Madeline R. Sponholtz, Kirkwood High