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Essay for National Merit

mathhappymathhappy 115 replies15 threads Junior Member
I recently found out that I am a NMSF (a very pleasant surprise indeed!). The application seems very straight-forward, but I have a few questions about the essay portion.

1) When it says, "limit your response only to the space provided," what is the approximate word or character count for that?
2) What are they looking for here/what personal qualities should I try to highlight? The prompt is very open-ended, so I'm not really sure what direction to take. Could I potentially use my Common App essay (which describes an experience, but does not focus on it)?
3) What role does the essay play in determining who ultimately receives the scholarship?

Thank you in advance for any insight!
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