Six Students Named Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Teresa Martinez | Director of Communications
Six seniors at Belen Jesuit have been named 2020 National Merit Scholarship finalists by demonstrating through distinguished performance, high potential for future academic accomplishment.
The 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists are Stephen Brennan, Matthew Bryan, Tomas De La Huerta, Rafael Queiroz, Esteban Rincon, and Michael Ruiz.
These students are among 15,000 finalists in the 65th annual scholarship program. As finalists, they will be considered for National Merit Scholarships. In the spring, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will award scholarships valued at more than $31 million to over 7,500 qualified students.
“These students are leaders in their class and have worked very hard to achieve such an honor,” said school Principal José E. Roca ‘84. “Their dedication to academics and the community, exemplify our motto of being men for others. We cannot wait to see what they accomplish in college and beyond.”
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain. The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline. In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty. The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow. Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.