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how does one get to be a National Merit Finalist, and how much is the scholarship?

ChandraDeepaChandraDeepa Posts: 58Registered User Junior Member
edited February 2012 in National Merit Scholarships
how does one get to be a National Merit Finalist, and how much is the scholarship? I am an incoming freshman in high school, and am totally new to this. Would someone please explain this to me?
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Replies to: how does one get to be a National Merit Finalist, and how much is the scholarship?

  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,837Registered User Senior Member
    When you're a junior, you can take the PSAT exam (not all students are given this test, so check with your school).

    If your score is high enough for your state's cut-off, then you become a National Merit Semi-Finalist - you find out around Sept of senior year.

    If you make NMSF, then you fill out the forms, take the SAT, your school sends transcripts and writes a rec....if everything is ok, then you make finalist.


    15,000 students make Finalist, but only 2500 are given a ONE TIME award of 2500 dollars. However, some schools give NMF scholarships if you attend that college.
  • KatMTKatMT Posts: 3,325College Rep Senior Member
    If you read the information here... you will get an overview of the program and the way one qualifies -- National Merit Scholarship Corporation

    Here is the page with links to potential scholarship amounts -- National Merit Scholarship Corporation - NMSP

    :)

    x-posted with mom2 ;)
  • tommykirkpatricktommykirkpatrick Posts: 543Registered User Member
    It depends. There are the official awards given out by NM, corporations, and some colleges. A lot of schools give out "unofficial" awards. Some schools (Alabama, Houston, Oklahoma, TAMU) give out near full rides to NMF.
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