The National Merit Scholarship Corp., in Evanston, Ill., announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Among those earning this honor are Gustav Burkhardt, Joseph Esposito and Richard John, all of Aurora, and Miranda Ingram, Shravan Kalahasthy, Hyunil Kim, Kyu-bin Kong, Logan Matson, Emma Meilinger, Mengyu Lu, Nathan Mudrak, and Abigail Pease, all of Kent.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. More than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2019. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. 

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2019 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.