The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced dozens of Arkansas seniors in high school as finalists.

Here’s how the program works:


High school juniors entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 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. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Bentonville High School led the way with 17 finalists. Fayetteville High School had 16.

In Little Rock, Pulaski Academy had nine. Little Rock Central High was the only school in the LRSD with finalists with eight.


Here’s the list.