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In order to apply, you need to be:
A National Merit Finalist
OR: A National Achievement Finalist
OR: A National Hispanic Scholar
OR: Top 10% in graduating class and top 1% on ACT/SAT
I fit the first (hopefully; I'm a semifinalist now) and fourth criteria, but what I'm wondering is how hard it is to get the scholarship, given the fact that you qualify. They say that they give it to 40 students, but I can't find how many applied. Does anybody know of someone who met the criteria, applied, but didn't get the scholarship? Or maybe the percentage that receive it?
PS Here are my stats. I don't think they'll be useful, but for some reason they seem to be the first thing anybody asks for on this forum.
ACT: 35 (36 superscore) 8 Essay
SAT: 2310 10 essay
SAT Subject: 800 Math 2, 800 Spanish, 780 Literature, 760 Physics
Awards: National Merit Semifinalist, Local awards for foreign language, math contests, Academic Decathlon
GPA: 4.0/4.0 (my school doesn't weight)
ECs: Quiz Bowl (Captain), Academic Decathlon (Captain), Math Club (President), National Honors Society (Vice President), Church Hospitality Team (since 3rd grade), El Salvador mission trip (I served as a translator), Detasseling (it's an ag-related job during the summer, 4 years), Cashier for 2 years
Essays: Common app is ok
School: public, about 170 per grade