Six Semifinalists Named in the National Merit Scholarship Competition
Teresa Martinez | Director of Communications
Six seniors have been named Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Competition. These academically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring.
Congratulations José A. Costa, Andrew N. González, Oscar Miñoso-Rendón, Andrew G. Navarro, Sandro A. Seijo, and Maxton M. Torres.
“These students are leaders in their class and have worked very hard to achieve such an honor,” said Principal José E. Roca ‘84. “Their dedication to academics and community exemplifies our motto of being men for others. We wish them luck as they continue in the competition process.”
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 by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2023 will be announced in four nationwide news
releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join nearly
368,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
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.