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Can you become a PSAT/NMSQT semifinalist/finalist if you're not an american citizen?

pinkumbrella10pinkumbrella10 Registered User Posts: 317 Member
edited October 2010 in National Merit Scholarships
I've read on the website that you have to be an american citizen or intend to be an american citizen to be in the running for the scholarship.
However, recently a friend told me that if you're not an american citizen you CAN'T be in the running, even if you score really well. Is that true?
Is there anyone or anyone you know who isn't an american citizen who became a semifinalist or finalist? What was you/their score and how long until citizenship?
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Replies to: Can you become a PSAT/NMSQT semifinalist/finalist if you're not an american citizen?

  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,716 Forum Champion
    Do you have a green card?
  • pinkumbrella10pinkumbrella10 Registered User Posts: 317 Member
    yes and probably become citizen in a year or two
    but i heard that doesn't matter
    do you know anyone who has the same situation, but got scholarship?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,716 Forum Champion
    From the website.....

    Not now a U.S. citizen? Click http://www.nationalmerit.org/citizenship.pdf for documentation required from scholarship candidates who have not yet become U.S. citizens.


    Not now a U.S. citizen?
    If a student who qualifies to continue in the scholarship competition (as a Semifinalist
    or Special Scholarship candidate) has not yet become a U.S. citizen, the following documentation
    must be submitted to NMSC with the Scholarship Application:
    • A letter signed by the student explaining his or her plans for becoming a
    citizen, including the date on which the student expects to be eligible and
    will apply for U.S. citizenship
    AND
    • If the student is a U.S. lawful permanent resident, a copy of the student’s
    Permanent Resident Card (Green Card); or a copy of the student’s passport
    including the identity/biographical page and the “I-551” stamp showing
    that the student has been granted lawful permanent resident status
    OR
    • If the student has applied for U.S. lawful permanent residence, a copy of Form I-797
    Receipt Notice from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) that
    verifies that the student filed the “Application to Register Permanent Residence
    or Adjust Status” (Form I-485) on or before January 31 of the program year
  • xrCalico23xrCalico23 Registered User Posts: 4,673 Senior Member
    Can you become a PSAT/NMSQT semifinalist/finalist if you're not an american citizen?

    Definitely, exactly as what mom2collegekids posted. You need to send in a photocopy of your permanent resident card, and on a piece of paper, write that you have the intention of becoming a citizen on such and such date, sign that, and send that in.
  • pinkumbrella10pinkumbrella10 Registered User Posts: 317 Member
    it does say it, but i've heard that that's not the way it is
    does anyone know people who have similar situations?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,716 Forum Champion
    Are you going to believe rumors from non-experts or are you going to believe NMCorps own website?
  • xrCalico23xrCalico23 Registered User Posts: 4,673 Senior Member
    ^^I do know people who have similar situations----in fact, I do not have U.S. citizenship and was both a national merit semifinalist and finalist.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,716 Forum Champion
    ^^^

    Yeah....a real example...

    So, Pink, you can believe the website and you can tell those who are misleading you that they are wrong.
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