I am from Texas and I will be attending UF. I am a National Merit Finalist
Wondering if anyone can provide any information on what kind of benefits UF provides to National Merit Finalists. I do have full rides from quite a few schools in Texas and from the neighboring states but I am set on attending UF. Need to convince my parents somehow.
Can any NMfs from last year provide any info on this?
My son received a full scholarship to USF. We are also from Texas. Since we are on the coast, Tampa would probably be a lot like what he is used to. They also have their own medical school/teaching hospital with a 7 year MD program that he is eligible for since he qualified for Honors. What don't your parents like about going there?
I do not know yet if they are going to object. I am assuming that they may ask me to look at the full-ride ones closer to home. UF website is not really good at listing what scholarships NMFs get. It would be good to go to them with an idea on what it may cost.
My brother got a full ride to uf with his national merit award but that was 6 years ago
Yes 5-6 years ago they used to give you 3750 per semester for being an NMF (I matriculated back in '04). I think they toned down the awards since then though. Unfortunately I don't think any recent (i.e. last year) NMF's post here to confirm what kind of awards UF offers now.
spurfan, until a couple of years ago UF used to throw a lot of money at NMFs as a way of attracting them to the school and improving the reputation. However, with all the financial constraints and because of overwhelming criticism, that approach has changed now days. Still, I believe they were giving up to $ 5000.00 a year. I am sure that it depends on a case by case basis but it would be worthwhile to check with them before you make your decision, especially, if UF is the school you want to attend.
"Good morning! Congratulations on being named National Merit Finalist. If you decide to name UF as your first choice school you will be eligible for a $5000 scholarship package in addition to other scholarships you might be awarded both through National Merit and/or Bright Futures. You will be awarded $500 per semester for 8 semesters or until you earn you bachelors degree. You will also be able to apply for the additional $1000 to go towards the costs of research you pay participate in.
In addition to the scholarship, you will be admitted to the Honor's Program and be eligible to stay in the honor's dorm, Hume Hall. You will also get priority registration each year."