Not to make anyone anxious, but the due date for submission of on-line Finalist application (including essay, activities list, biographic information, and school recommendation) is October 10.
BTW, lest there be any doubt that school's may contact finalists before the press-release date (Sept. 12 this year), here is what it says in the letter to the semifinalist (in a letter dated August 21) distributed by the school:
Dear XXXX: |
Congratulations! You have qualified as a Semifinalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program....Except for your family and your high school principal [emphasis added], this information is confidential until Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, when National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) will release the names of Semifinalists to news media nationwide.
So clearly NMSC intends that semifinalists may be contacted before the press is informed.