Several DeSoto County high school students are in the hunt for millions of dollars in college scholarship money because of their academic achievements.
This year, eight students from the area have been named Nation Merit Finalists. It’s a record number of finalists for the district.
The students are among a pool of about 15,000 other nationwide that will compete for $34 million in scholarships.
DeSoto County school officials tell us that the National Merit Finalists represent less than one percent of high school seniors.
The district credits a Preliminary SAT class for helping students achieve higher test scores. The program started three years ago at Southaven High School and has since spread to all of the high schools in the district.
Students started by taking the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test as juniors.