Collegiate High Student Cailey Ness selected as National Merit Finalist

March 2, 2017

NICEVILLE- Cailey Ness, a senior at Collegiate High at NWF State College and Crestview resident, has been selected as a National Merit finalist to be considered for a Merit Scholarship award.Cailey Ness-National Merit

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition that recognizes high school students with exemplary academic achievement, leadership skills and official recommendations. For entry, students must take the PSAT, be enrolled in high school, be of U.S. citizenship and planning to enroll as a full time college student.

From well over a million submissions, 50,000 students are then considered to become semifinalists. After another elimination, 15,000 students are advanced to finalist standing.

As a National Merit finalist, Cailey Ness is hoping to receive a scholarship to Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where she will double major in chemistry and economics while also playing on the volleyball team. “Earning this scholarship will help me attend the college of my dreams,” says Ness. “I always saw myself at a small, liberal arts college, and this scholarship would help make that happen.”

Approximately 7,500 finalists are awarded with one of three types of Merit Scholarships: National Merit, Corporate-sponsored Merit or College-sponsored Merit. Winners are chosen based on abilities and accomplishments without regard to gender, race, ethnicity or religion.­­ Ness, if chosen, will receive her award before June.