In each of the past two years, two DRS seniors have qualified as National Merit Scholarship Finalists. This year, three seniors—Yehuda Inslicht, Daniel Aharon, and Yoni Goldberg—have so far qualified as National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists. This is a prestigious honor, and it reflects the high level of education that DRS strives to deliver to its students, as well as the level of commitment expected of them.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic scholarship competition for recognition and college scholarships administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a privately funded non-profit organization. Each year, a total of approximately 10,500 scholarships are awarded through NMSC programs, which represents less than 1% of the initial pool of entrants. Students who qualify as finalists have an outstanding academic record, are endorsed and recommended by school officials, and earn extremely high PSAT scores. Half of all finalists are awarded the special scholarship.