right arrow
Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04

Class of 2020 National Merit Discussion

13468944

Replies to: Class of 2020 National Merit Discussion

  • carmartwinmomcarmartwinmom 20 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Before September?
    · Reply · Share
  • ReebtoorReebtoor 231 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited February 13
    My D had to reach out to some of the NM schools. If you are interested in a specific school, sign up for their mailing list. They will not know your kid is necessarily close to NMSF. (Some schools do order mailing lists from the College Board by score level so they might have your kid's info already and start sending them info early.)

    We did a couple visits before the NMSF announcement and a couple after. My D has asked to go back to one of the early places because she doesn't remember it well.

    So, consider how close/far you are from certain schools and how often you can visit. If you can't visit much, be strategic in your planning.
    edited February 13
    · Reply · Share
  • carmartwinmomcarmartwinmom 20 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thank you. I will tell him to get on the mailing lists of those he’s most interested in. We are in CT so maybe it’s best to wait it out to visit the FL schools.
    · Reply · Share
  • PhlipperPhlipper 192 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @carmartwinmom For UCF contact Luke Van Blaricom, he is in charge of their honors/NM students. THe earlier the better. He is very helpful and will send a ton of information. We didn't visit until December of my DD's senior year.
    · Reply · Share
  • MomOfHSStudentMomOfHSStudent 27 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    In regards to the Florida Benacquisto Scholarship and OOS students. I live in TN, but I wanted to know more about the NMF scholarships for OOS students so I called the Florida Department of Education last week and I spoke to a rep who said that OOS students are not guaranteed this scholarship and it is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Those OOS students that are rewarded the scholarship are required to have a Florida residence within the first year. So, FL schools are probably not the best fit for OOS students unless your student plans on taking up permanent residency in FL for their four years of college.
    · Reply · Share
  • PhlipperPhlipper 192 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @MomOfHSStudent I know that is true for UF, for a number of the other Florida schools like UCF they still guarantee the full ride for 4 years, if the Benaquisto funding falls off they will fund it in other ways. I would reach out to the Florida schools you are interested in. I noted in a post above the contact for UCF. I know Florida residency is not required at UCF.
    · Reply · Share
  • kforty2kforty2 80 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @MomOfHSStudent That is interesting information I hadn't heard yet. My son is a likely NMF this year and is considering U Miami. We're waiting for official notification and then we'll contact them directly for more info on how they handle OOS Benacquisto. When you were told that OOS students weren't guaranteed the scholarship, who is making that decision? The individual schools or the DOE? I also haven't seen anything about in state residency being required. These are definitely issues we'd be concerned about!
    · Reply · Share
  • vistajayvistajay 1446 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @MomOfHSStudent , I'm sorry that is totally incorrect info. You do not have to be a permanent FL resident within a year to get OOS Benacquisto or continue to receive it. You have to physically reside in Florida or near the campus where enrolled:

    A student who is a non-Florida resident seeking initial funding must:
    • Earn a high school diploma comparable to a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalency (or completes a home education program).
    • Be a 2018 National Merit® Scholar.
    • Enroll at an eligible Florida postsecondary institution during the 2018-19 Fall academic term following high school graduation.
    • Physically reside in Florida on or near the institution’s campus where enrolled.

    https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/PDF/factsheets/FIS.pdf

    I can tell you my OOS son is receiving the Benacquisto at FSU and there is no requirement that he become a FL resident. Now, if OOS funding for Benacquisto were ever revoked, then yes maybe there is a pathway to keep the scholarship by becoming a FL legal resident. If that's what you are talking about then fine, but your post is confusing and unnecessarily alarmist.

    Also they are guaranteed the scholarship is they are admitted, given a college sponsored NM award (which is also automatic at least as of now), and name the school #1 with NMC.
    · Reply · Share
  • Le ProfessionnelLe Professionnel 31 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @vistajay: Great short and to-the-point explanation, thank you! There is some confusion about the nonresident tuition portion though: If the scholarship disappears due to legislative action or the student's GPA dropping below 3.0, will the student('s parents) be stuck with full OOS bill? Whoever gets an answer from the horse's mouth (Florida DoE), please update...
    · Reply · Share
  • vistajayvistajay 1446 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    If you lose eligibility for the program, or if the program is canceled, and you are an out of state resident, I don't see how you would escape paying OOS tuition for the next semester unless you establish in state legal residency.
    · Reply · Share
  • PPugglePPuggle 11 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I'm so glad I stumbled on this post today. I have twins and I think my girls both made the cutoff. We live in FL. The cutoff was 219 last year and they received 225 and 222. We knew about Benacquisto for FL schools and are looking at both UCF and UF as well as GA Tech and some other T20 schools. My daughters think they both want to study CS. What should we do about ranking the schools on the application? To receive Benacquisto, the FL state school you want has to be listed as #1 but that isn't their #1 school out of their list. I don't think their #1 schools offer much for NM finalists though.

    Someone earlier asked about CS at UCF. UCF has an excellent program and to be honest, probably better than UF even though UF is the flagship school in the state. In particular, UCF has an amazing Competitive Programming team that has been the top performing US school for the past few years and #1 of North American schools in 2018 in the major international competition (ACM ICPC). They beat all schools like MIT, Stanford, Harvard, etc... They also have a great Cyber Defense team and were #1 nationally a few years ago.
    · Reply · Share
  • MamareebMamareeb 18 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thank you @vistajay ! I was coming on to respond after reading this post while on the go this morning. The Benacquisto does NOT require OOS to establish residency. It is also hard to imagine UF leaving their NMFs high and dry, so even if they don’t have a complete plan in place I am not that worried. The program just started, I don’t think they will pull the rug out that fast. Maybe caps on numbers, maybe grandfathering students in if things change, but the whole point was to attract OOS NMF and they have barely gotten it started. Also because it is so new, there are of course a few questions and quirks (summer 9 credits being a big one), but I still think it is an incredible deal. Budget looks good for this year. 👍🏻
    (We are in WI, 2019 NMF)
    · Reply · Share
  • vistajayvistajay 1446 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I personally don't think the 9 credit summer requirement at the FL schools is a big deal. Each school is different but there are a lot of ways you can meet the summer requirement, or get exempted from it. For example, FSU recognizes it is onerous to require OOS students to take 9 summer credits at OOS prices, so exemptions are available.
    · Reply · Share
  • MomOfHSStudentMomOfHSStudent 27 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    To all, I truly did not try to disseminate false information regarding the Benacquisto Scholarship for OOS students. I really did place a call to the Financial Assistance, Customer Service of Florida State Department of Education, telephone #888-827-2007 last week. I was transferred to a gentlemen named Ernesto who was familiar with this program and it was him who gave me those answers. I will most likely have a NMSF student and think the Florida schools are a great option for those looking for merit-based aid. If you are being told differently by some of the Florida schools, then I will reach out to each of them individually. I would hate for my DD20 or someone else's child miss out on this opportunity. I was trying to be helpful and made an assumption that the rep working for the FL State Dept of Education knew his job:) Shame on me!
    · Reply · Share
  • vistajayvistajay 1446 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @MomOfHSStudent I certainly don't think you were trying to spread false information. I have received inaccurate info from lots of people, often student interns, in FA offices in the past. My practice is to get everything in writing. When they have to put something in writing, they tend to think about it more or someone higher up reviews it. Congrats on NMF for your child!
    · Reply · Share
  • oniongrassoniongrass 111 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Yes, U. of Alabama offers full cost of attendance to NMF. And everyone seems to love it there! This year they say they require a 3.0 GPA to keep the scholarship, while I think it was 3.5 before. Maybe they're doing this due to increased competition from Florida schools.
    · Reply · Share
  • oniongrassoniongrass 111 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    We have managed to find enough other, generally stress-inducing but productive, things to keep us more than occupied. Last year it was AP, this year dual enrollment. Do we get to slow down when they're out of the house?
    · Reply · Share
  • PhlipperPhlipper 192 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @oniongrass no, you do not.
    · Reply · Share
  • oniongrassoniongrass 111 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    vistajay, what's the 9 credit summer requirement for FL schools?
    · Reply · Share
Sign In or Register to comment.

Recent Activity