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Meet fellow national merit scholars :)

sneva831sneva831 Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2010 in National Merit Scholarships
Hi!

I saw this little article: National Merit Scholarship@Everything2.com
and it made me think this is a pretty bright bunch, even if qualification is based on a little test, so I was wondering if other people who are Nat'l Merit Scholars wanted to share a little about themselves and where they're going to school?

Location: Upstate NY
Type of School: Public / 335 in Class of 2010
College Attending: Tufts! :)
Others Accepted Into: Wellesley, Vassar, Wesleyan, Mt Holyoke
PSAT: 218
SAT: 2330
ACT: 34
Academic Interests: writing, math, economics, psychology, philosophy, reading, biology, ethics
Extracurricular Interests: dance (bharatnatyam classical indian, bollywood, ballet, tap, jazz, modern), piccolo/flute, sculpture, drawing, teaching/education
Possible Major(s): Economics, Neuroscience

If you want to include anything else feel free :)
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Replies to: Meet fellow national merit scholars :)

  • sneva831sneva831 Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
  • StupefyStupefy Posts: 1,871Registered User Senior Member
    what were the selections based on? I had a 2390 SAT and didnt get selected. the application itself did not seem very informative.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 60,035Registered User Senior Member
    ^^^

    Did you take the PSAT?
  • MSauceMSauce Posts: 675Registered User Member
    I think it was almost totally based on PSATs all the way through. I got a 234 and I'm a finalist.
  • StupefyStupefy Posts: 1,871Registered User Senior Member
    yeah of course lol. I got a 236
  • zenkoanzenkoan Posts: 1,118Registered User Senior Member
    Stupefy, the National Merit Scholar selection is based on overall transcript (coursework undertaken and grades earned), evidence of community involvement, your essay, and the quality of your recommendations, in addition to the standardized test scores.
  • Vivienne8Vivienne8 Posts: 51Registered User Junior Member
    Location: Illinois
    Type of School: Suburban Public, ~500 in class
    College Attending: Williams College
    Others Accepted Into: Williams ED! and Gustavus Adolphus in MN before withdrawing the 8 others
    PSAT: 215 (I think...)
    SAT: V:800 M:770 W:680
    SAT II: 770, 770, 770
    ACT: 34
    Academic Interests: Math, econ, poli sci, development, languages, history, essentially any social science
    Extracurricular Interests: Speech Team!!!! Student Council, Debate Team, Math Team, Scholastic Bowl, National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Math Honor Society, National Forensics League
    Possible Major(s): Political Economy?
  • Skywalker23Skywalker23 Posts: 899Registered User Member
    Location: Nebraska
    Type of School: Urban Public, ~500 in class
    College Attending: Northwestern University
    Others Accepted Into: University of Michigan, University of Illinois, University of Southern California
    PSAT: 215
    SAT: Forgot subscores, total 2160 I THINK
    SAT II: Chem 760, Math 2 780
    ACT: 35
    Academic Interests: Engineering, physics, psychology
    Extracurricular Interests: Band, Jazz Band, Show Choir Band, Robotics Club (founded), Senior Class Officer, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Academic Decathlon, Math Club
    Possible Major(s): Materials Science & Engineering
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 60,035Registered User Senior Member
    Stupefly,

    Are you saying that you weren't given a NMSF package last fall from your school?

    Are you a citizen/resident?
  • StupefyStupefy Posts: 1,871Registered User Senior Member
    ^no I was a finalist but didnt get the $2500 scholarship
  • agpyn3wagpyn3w Posts: 109Registered User Junior Member
    Wait, how does one find out if he/she made National Merit Scholar?
  • sneva831sneva831 Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    they let you know they mail you stuff
  • mazewanderermazewanderer Posts: 1,399Registered User Senior Member
    Stupefy wrote:
    what were the selections based on? I had a 2390 SAT and didnt get selected. the application itself did not seem very informative.

    Let me make sure I understand the situation. You were nominated as National Merit Finalist but you did not get the $2500 scholarship?

    If yes, then
    1. Only about 2500 out of about 15000 students get that scholarship, so about 16%.
    2. It is on a state representation basis, so the number of scholarships is based on the state you live in. I think you live in PA and that may be a more competitive state than say W Va.
    3. For the $2500 scholarship, the SAT score is more of a validation that your PSAT score was legitimate rather than the basis of the scholarship. They do look at other things including your school recommendations, grades etc. If you GC marked you in the top 25% and someone else in your school as in the top 10%, then you may not get it.
  • mithopeful81mithopeful81 Posts: 40Registered User Junior Member
    Location: Maryland
    Type of School: Urban Public, ~500 in class
    College Attending: Cornell University
    Others Accepted Into: University of Maryland- Full Banneker/Key Scholarship, Duke University, Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon
    PSAT: 213
    SAT: 800W, 800M, 700R
    SAT II: Math II 800, Math 1 780, Physics 650
    Academic Interests: Comp Sci, Math
    Extracurricular Interests: Wrestling, Tennis, Research, Tutoring



    ***National Merit Scholar***Commended Student
  • XtrasparklesplzXtrasparklesplz Posts: 90Registered User Junior Member
    Location: Kansas
    Type of School: Suburban Public ~400 in class
    College Attending: University of Kansas
    Others accepted into: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of California-Berkeley
    PSAT: 221
    SAT: 2130
    ACT: 35
    Academic interests: sciences, especially chemistry, math, government
    Extracurricular Interests: Amnesty International, math club, science olympiad, academic decathlon, local high school tv game show, National Honor Society
    Possible majors: chemistry, chemical engineering
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