Erik Bremer is in the running for a big scholarship.
The Rogers High School Senior was recently named a National Merit Program Semifinalist, an honor bestowed to a mere less than one percent of 1.5 million high school students from throughout a national qualifying pool.
He took the qualifying test almost a year ago. Results didn’t come until spring.
“I got my score back and I knew there would be a chance,” he said of being a semifinalist. “To be recognized … it’s a once in a lifetime thing.”
The nationwide pool of semifinalists includes the highest entrants in each state. Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $22 million that will be offered next spring.
Next for Bremer and the semifinalists is to meet requirements to advance to the Merit Finalists level of competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain a finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship.
“It’s a very involved application with lots of background information,” Bremer said. “We do an application and we find out in January when the next round of cuts are made.”
Part of the qualifying includes participation in school activities, and Bremer isn’t lacking in that area. He plays on the baseball team, and is active in student council, National Honor Society, mentoring, tutoring and Knowledge Bowl.
As part of his student council duties, Bremer emceed part of last year’s Snow Week coronation, and if he was natural with a microphone in front of a big audience, it might just be genetic.
Bremer’s family includes sister Hannah (an RHS sophomore), mom Heidi and dad Dick.
Dick Bremer is the longtime Minnesota Twins TV announcer, but Erik Bremer said his friends in Rogers accept him for who he is and that being Dick’s son “isn’t a big deal.”
But might he follow in his dad’s footsteps? He is considering majoring in journalism, possibly at Northwestern University.
“It’s obviously a great job he has. It’s something I’d love to do,” he said, adding that his life with a well-known dad “is who I am but not what I am.”