Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning

BAVEL Senior Cooper Evans

Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist

September 12, 2022 - The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Cooper Evans, a senior in the Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning (BAVEL), is a part of this prestigious group. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.


Jeanelle McGuire, Director of Admissions for BAVEL commented, “We are incredibly proud of Cooper and his achievement. BAVEL is committed to offering a challenging curriculum that prepares students for the world of higher education. Cooper is a wonderful reflection on our program.”


To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application. The application includes academic achievements, school and community activities, leadership qualifications, employment history, and student honors/awards. 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 or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.



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