The Richmond Register

October 5, 2013

Home-schooled student Cole Milde named Merit Scholar semifinalist

By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — In September, home-schooled student Cole Milde, 17, was named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program.

Milde was one of four Madison County students to achieve the honor out of approximately 16,000 semifinalists. (The other three are Model Laboratory School students who were featured in the Sept. 13 edition of the Richmond Register).

These students are in the top 1 percent for scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) they took as juniors.

Milde will graduate this year and is working on submitting college applications, he said. Although he is still considering his options, Milde has set his sights on Centre College in Danville.

“It has a great neuroscience program,” he said, in which he can study the physical components of the brain.

Milde hopes to be a psychiatrist one day, so medical school is in his future as well, he said.

He would prefer to attend college close to home so he can stay involved at White Oak Pond Church in Richmond, of which he is a member.

He and his youth group are active in mission work and Milde hopes to begin a youth music ministry at his church, he said.

This summer, Milde was named a Kentucky Governor’s Scholar enjoyed his time with the program at Morehead State University. Many Kentucky colleges offer financial incentives to governor’s scholars.

Milde attended Model Laboratory School from kindergarten to third grade, he said, “But I decided to home school so that I could have more freedom in my schedule.”

During his freshman and sophomore years, he coupled homeschooling with Stanford University’s Online High School. During his junior and senior year, Milde has mostly taken classes from Eastern Kentucky University.

From the approximate 16,000 Merit Scholar semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, according to a press release from the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

To become a finalist, students must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the students’ academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

Semifinalists also must earn an SAT score that confirms the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Scholarship winners are selected from among finalists based on skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The 2014 scholarship winners will be announced between April and July, joining more than 300,000 other young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.