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Class of 2011 Notification Timeline

loringloring Registered User Posts: 463 Member
edited February 2011 in National Merit Scholarships

Jan 23 Selection committees begin choosing Merit Scholarship award winners

Feb 1 NMSC mails notification to high school principals about the status of their Semifinalists; a Certificate of Merit is provided for each Semifinalist who qualifies as Finalist

Feb 8 NMSC notifies Finalists of their status at their home addresses

Mar 1 Finalists who have reported a sponsor college as first choice by this date will be included in the first group referred to the institution for scholarship consideration

Mar 9 NMSC begins mailing corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship offers to winners at their home addresses

Mar 24 NMSC mails offers of National Merit $2500 Scholarships

Apr 27 NMSC begins mailing offers of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards

May 31 Deadline for NMSC to receive reports of college choice for identifying the final group candidates for college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.
NMSC releases announcements of Merit Scholar designees to news media nationwide:
April 20 Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners
May 4 National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners
May 25 and July 11 College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners

This is a cleaned up version of a previous post with the dates listed as sent to each of us by the NMSC. If someone with Mod privileges could make this a sticky it would be helpful.
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Replies to: Class of 2011 Notification Timeline

  • loringloring Registered User Posts: 463 Member
    Well, if I can't get a push pin (insert expletive), I guess we'll have to keep this at the top the old fashioned way......bump
  • Cary252Cary252 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    There is a blizzard warning for the Chicago area from PM 2/1 through PM 2/2. Assuming NM is mailing notices tomorrow (2/1) from their offices in the Chicago area, they may be delayed a day or two due to the weather. But since this storm has been expected since yesterday, maybe they got them out today to get them ahead of the weather.
  • loringloring Registered User Posts: 463 Member
    bump 10 char
  • minoafrauminoafrau Registered User Posts: 519 Member
    If anyone has kids actually in school today that hear something, please post.
  • mariepuffmariepuff Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    I live in the Chicago area, and, as you all know, we just got hammered with snow. Even if NMSC mailed on the 31st, I think the chances are pretty good that the Finalist notifications are still sitting in a mailbox or US mail facility in the Chicago area today. Even for a city that is used to snow, we are just paralyzed.

    I would not count on the high schools getting them until Saturday or Monday, but please do let us all know when anyone hears.

    As always, best wishes to all.
  • quomodoquomodo Registered User Posts: 2,467 Senior Member
    Hmmm... no snow here and it seems school did not receive notification yet.
  • RickUWRickUW Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    Yes, Quomodo, there was a huge snowstorm in the midwest and National Merit offices are in Chicago, where some of the heaviest snowfall was recorded, so mail service was likely cancelled as it was in Wisconsin.

    Midwest living-- wouldn't trade it for anything!
  • LadyDianeskiLadyDianeski Registered User Posts: 2,064 Senior Member
    If your school is a home school, would you get notified along with the other schools? Or would you have to wait till post-2/8? (Not sure I can wait that long--I'll split a gasket!)
  • loringloring Registered User Posts: 463 Member
    Lady D,

    Did they send the semifinalist notification to your husband? Their process is to send two letters, one to the principal and the other to the student. I see no way around notifying your husband this week and your son next if they are to be consistent....
  • LadyDianeskiLadyDianeski Registered User Posts: 2,064 Senior Member
    Thanks, loring. I honestly can't remember...but I think they sent the Semifinalist notification to my son, which means they did not (at that time at least) recognize my husband as our home-school "principal."

    I've tried calling them over the past several days, just to clarify this, but the line is constantly busy. May have something to do with the fact that they've been pummeled by a monster blizzard!

    At this point, it may be better just to wait for 2/8. :)

    Thanks again!
  • crookedlakecrookedlake Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Talked to NM office today the letters went out to schools yesterday and students letters go out next week.
  • HomeschoolingMomHomeschoolingMom Registered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
    Michigan - Received "School" certificate in the mail today. What fun!
  • MichMom07MichMom07 Registered User Posts: 292 Junior Member
    Son received finalist notification from his GC at school today, along with 4 others in his relatively small (95 or so) graduating class. We, and the school, are pumped!
  • deborahbdeborahb Registered User Posts: 308 Member
    that is a huge number of finalists in such a small class. there are only 5 semi-finalists in our FIVE COUNTY region. but we are rural KY. congrats to your son. No word yet in KY.
  • deborahbdeborahb Registered User Posts: 308 Member
    My son is the only semi-finalist in his class of 308. Last year our high school had none, and the year before that just one.
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