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National Merit Corporate Scholarships

finyonfinyon Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
Hi all -

How does one qualify for a corporate scholarship? Is there an application necessary aside from the main national merit scholarship? Or are we automatically considered? I'm a finalist, and I'm completely confused about this part of the process.
Cheers.
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Replies to: National Merit Corporate Scholarships

  • BunnyBlueBunnyBlue Registered User Posts: 685 Member
    You are not automatically considered. You have to meet the criteria of the corporation, which often means being the child of one of their employees but can be other types of criteria. If you find out that you meet their criteria, you also have to fill out the corporation's separate application form before the deadline that the corporation specifies. This deadline for the corporate application can be many months before one knows whether one will be a semifinalist or not. The corporation then forwards the application information to National Merit. National Merit later determines which of the corporate Finalists should receive the corporate awards. National Merit also determines which of the corporate applicants who did not make the semifinalist cutoff should be given the corporation's "special" awards.
  • finyonfinyon Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Where do I find these applications? I've looked and can't find them
  • BunnyBlueBunnyBlue Registered User Posts: 685 Member
    If you are the child of an employee at one of the companies that offers a NM corporate scholarship, ask the employed parent to find out from human resources at the company how to access the application. In our case, I couldn't find it by Googling, and then the human resources person gave us a phone number at National Merit to call, and National Merit informed us that the company had just decided to discontinue the scholarship.
  • aunt beaaunt bea Registered User Posts: 9,404 Senior Member
    At my husband's company, a general email was sent to all employees. Anyone who had qualifying children submitted the names of their children to HR.

    Since DH's company is a huge sponsor of National Merit, an inhouse form was submitted. DS won a corporate award, but hubby stated, that he was told, that the selection process was extremely competitive in son's year.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,179 Forum Champion
    H's company is also a NMCorp sponsor that provides 100 awards. H had to submit a form. I think he was informed by an email as well.


    Does your parent work for a NMCorporate sponsor? If so, have him/her contact the HR office at work and ask. I would think that any form would have deadline that is either soon or passed.
  • finyonfinyon Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Unfortunately my dad works at Ford, and they don't offer anything. I was looking at the other companies that give based on location (Michigan) or major (Electrical/Computer Engineering), and can't find anything from them.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,179 Forum Champion
    I haven't looked lately, but when I did, I only found one or two companies that gave to students who weren't children of employees....but an unusual major was required
  • KJWeaverKJWeaver Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    My daughter is a finalist. We talked to NMSC & they said they'd automatically entered my daughter for the Insperity scholarship based on her application. There wasn't another application for her to fill out. I hope that's right! :)
  • gphatigphati Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Anybody get corporate scholarship notifications yet?
  • mrslac1mrslac1 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    edited March 2016
    I think in the past they start their first round of notifications on or around the 11th. I think you can check your osa account everyday after noon to see if the letter has been uploaded.

    We are waiting on a Corporate Special Scholarship, which I believe go out last, near the end of the month or even into April.
  • gphatigphati Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Thanks @mrslac1 !
    I just checked the osa website and the letter is there!!
  • jenkathjenkath Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    gphati was yours a special corporate of NMSC Corporate?
  • gphatigphati Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    @jenkath It is the NMSC Corporate
  • jenkathjenkath Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    @gphati congratulations! Waiting on notification for Special... @mrslac thank you for the intel on timing!
  • mrslac1mrslac1 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    Anybody who has been offered a corporate scholarship, are you able to share what your #'s were on the bottom of your application?

    CI, % Col, Rank

    I am curious about the Rank section. I wonder how they are ranking the applicants before getting high school info (maybe solely going off of PSAT scores). DH's corp only offers 6 scholarships and DS is ranked "9". He is not a NMSF, he is only commended.

    Thanks!
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