More than 50 D.C. students have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.

The students, among 15,000 semifinalists nationwide, will compete for approximately 5,000 college scholarships under the National Merit program. The scholarships are to be awarded in the spring.

All the students qualified as semifinalists based on their scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. More than 1 million students from about 18,000 secondary schools in the U.S. took the tests last year, when most of them were high school juniors.

Semifinalists from District of Columbia schools are:

Julie S. Schrager, Capitol Page School; Ellen D. Evans and Dorothy A. Jeffress, Georgetown Day School; Susan E. Prahinski, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School; Jeffrey H. August, Thomas S. Dugan, John K. Gilroy, William K. Kabeiseman, Hamilton P. Moy and Roger B. Schlegel, Gonzaga College High School; Jeffrey P. Baker and Christopher J. Hanus, Heights School; Linda M. Bradley and Janet A. Ingraham, Immaculata Preparatory School; Frans L. Vandendries, Lycee Francais International; Elizabeth A. Oman, Maret School; Camille M. Caesar, Adele G. Harrell, Martha F. Hoopes, Jocelyn A. Johnson, Sarah H. Lisanby, Karen W. Sexton, Catherine C. Stansbury and Phyleen M. Stewart, National Cathedral School; Lee D. Babcock, Matthew H. Biernbaum, Matthew R. Denckla, William E. Gillanders, Elizabeth R. Gordon, Adam T. Guttentag, Elizabeth H. Lansdale, Katherine M. MacRae and Daniel M. Singer, Sidwell Friends School; Christopher F. Boyd, Neal C. Bradsher, Patrick Y. de Fontnouvelle, Kenneth P. Ewing, Roderick M. Hills, Peter B. Holland, Stewart M. Patrick, David A. Pierce, John N. Ross, Adam J. Savitz, Anthony W. Stevenson, John R. Webb and Nicholas S. Wurf, St. Albans School; Kurt Hansen and Christopher Klugewicz, St. Anselm's Abbey School; Philip J. Nolan, St. John's College High School, and Alan J. Cheilek, Samuel Frumkin, Cameron Greider, Catherine S. Teare and Tobey Wheelock, Woodrow Wilson Senior High School.