RCS Press Release


March 11, 2015


Roseville High School Senior a National Merit Scholarship Finalist

About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.   Roseville High School’s Nathan Richendollar has been awarded finalist status, placing in the top 0.1% of all high school seniors nationwide.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.  A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

In addition to his National Merit Scholarship Finalist status, Richendollar has had a very productive high school career.  He is an AP Scholar with Distinction in seven Advanced Placement courses, which is an honor granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.  He is a State Qualifier and place winner as a member of the Ocean Bowl, Envirothon, and Science Olympiad teams, as well as Quiz Bowl, where he is Roseville High School’s all-time leading scorer.   Richendollar is also a published author, writing and releasing Sic Semper Res Republica in 2014.    Richendollar has received several scholarship offers, and is still undecided on where he will be attending college in the fall.