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Anyone who gets $2500 scholarship post here

eagleraycheagleraych 15 replies5 threads New Member
Hey I'm sure anyone who is in the running for the $2500 scholarship would like to know when people receive them, so if you do, please let us know. Thanks :)
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  • mommusicmommusic 8232 replies69 threads Senior Member
    S got his letter today. What a nice surprise!
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  • soadquake981soadquake981 1514 replies60 threads Senior Member
    Got mine today! It was for MIT, though, where I was rejected... I need to change my top school choice once I commit to a school.
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  • book_wormbook_worm 725 replies41 threads Member
    Got mine today!

    Am I misunderstanding the April 7 deadline to reply as meaning that we must permanently choose a college to attend by that date?
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  • soadquake981soadquake981 1514 replies60 threads Senior Member
    I think that's what it means. It worries me a bit.
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  • bringbackplutobringbackpluto 108 replies10 threads Junior Member
    S. got his today from National Merit Corp. :)
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  • mommusicmommusic 8232 replies69 threads Senior Member
    bookworm--NO! It says you can change your college by May 1, but they do need something back from you by April 7 for their announcement purposes. Or if you say no, so they can award the money to someone else, I suppose.
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  • aznjunioraznjunior 731 replies30 threads Member
    I got it today
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  • aireginairegin 189 replies16 threads Junior Member
    Darn I hate when this happens. It'll still take 2 weeks for the letter to reach my country.
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  • fansunfansun 7 replies1 threads New Member
    MIT gives National Merit Scholarships?
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  • mom22girlsmom22girls 328 replies49 threads Member
    second that MIT question... I thought MIT did NOT accept/give national merit scholarships.

    Can anyone clarify?
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  • book_wormbook_worm 725 replies41 threads Member
    ^ The $2500 one-time award can be used at any college in the US - the money comes from National Merit Corp, not the college itself.
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  • mazewanderermazewanderer 1350 replies49 threads Senior Member
    To add to what book_worm says:

    There are three sources of National Merit Scholarships.
    1) Corporations give scholarships mainly to children of employees but there are some exceptions i.e. people who live in a certain area or want to specialize in certain fields. The awards are determined by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) Staff using the criteria given by the donor. These scholarships can be one time or spread over 4 years.
    2) NMSC itself gives 2500 scholarships of $2500 each. These are one time scholarships determined by a NMSC committee.
    3) Colleges can give their own NM scholarships.

    The first two types (Corporate and NMSC's own $2500 scholarship) can be used at any accredited institution within the US. You could use it Harvard or Chico State or UCF etc etc. The money is sent to the institution you choose and they will act as intermediary. So if you choose MIT and get the scholarship, NMSC will send the money to MIT and MIT will give it to you.

    The third scholarship is given the college or university. Obviously Arizona State or University of Chicago (who give a very small NM scholarship) will not give you money to go to a different school. So you have commit to attending that school for them to give you the money. So these scholarships are tied to a particular donor school.

    MIT does not award any scholarship out of its own money, but will allow you to receive money from any other source.

    Hope this clarifies.
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  • mom22girlsmom22girls 328 replies49 threads Member
    Thanks mazwanderer - definitely clarifies for me.
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  • Anonymous93Anonymous93 1333 replies22 threads Senior Member
    I got it too. I didn't know they only gave out 2,500 $2500 scholarships.
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  • eagleraycheagleraych 15 replies5 threads New Member
    yay I got one yesterday :)
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  • bluewatermelonbluewatermelon 675 replies58 threads Member
    I got one! Anonymous93, how do you know they only gave out 2,500? I always thought it was more like 8,000.
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  • mommusicmommusic 8232 replies69 threads Senior Member
    IIRC, the 8000 figure includes Corporate scholarships and "elite college" ones (ranging from $500 to $1000/year, generally.

    Does not include state schools that give free rides to NMFs. THOSE are worth some $$$ :)
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  • fghtffyrdmnsfghtffyrdmns 22 replies3 threads New Member
    I won a $2500 scholarship...
    Do you think it's worth it to inform my top-choice colleges of the award this close to the date that they're sending out decisions? Probably not, right?
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  • fuzzyfirebunnyfuzzyfirebunny 1320 replies45 threads Senior Member
    So do you get a letter informing you you didn't get the 2500, if you didn't?
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  • hp236hp236 65 replies17 threads Junior Member
    Congratulations to all of you got the $2500 scholarship, and also could you please tell me what's criteion for it? Highest PSAT score or other conditions? Thanks!
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