CAMBRIDGE—A senior at Cambridge High School has received a high academic honor.


 Bill Burklund, a senior at Cambridge High School and son of Marilyn Burklund, is a finalist in the 2009 National Merit® Scholarship Program.
 Burklund is one of 8,200 finalists out of the more than 1.5 million who participated in the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in the fall of 2007. 

 To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirms the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. 

 Beginning in March and continuing through mid-June, the National Merit Scholarship Committee will notify the finalists at their home addresses that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award.  

 Merit Scholarship awards are of three types: National Merit® Scholarships, Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship Awards and College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.

 Burklund plans to attend the University of Illinois and major in computer science.

 National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC’s own funds and approximately 500 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.