NMR, I didn't say here on this thread that the scholarships my D received from Tisch were ALL merit based, nor meant to imply that. I mentioned on this thread that NYU's aid package may include grants. I mentioned that they do not meet full need. I mentioned that scholarships can be a mix of financial need and merit. NYU gives out some merit awards to students who are not financial aid applicants. They also give out scholarships to financial aid applicants that are part merit, part need based.
As far as my own kid, it is as i have stated on other threads on CC in the past.....I called upon receiving the aid letter that had a Trustee Scholarship included and I asked the basis for that scholarship and was told that it was a merit scholarship but that the amount of the scholarship took need into account. My D applied for financial aid. I have known kids who got merit awards who did not apply for need based aid at NYU. And some who apply for need based aid, do not get a merit award. So, yes, my D's scholarship was merit but was also tied to financial need in determining the total amount of the award. I have read of applicants to NYU who received a scholarship who were not financial need applicants.