National Merit Finalists

<p>In visiting the Bama forum, they made mention of Pitt having similar scholarships.</p>

<p>My son is a NMSF, and wants to study BME. Pitt does have his program, and would be worth looking into if a good scholarship were offered.</p>

<p>He has a 32 ACT, 2100 SAT, if that matters.</p>

<p>Is it too late to apply for admission?</p>

<p>Thanks for any info!</p>

<p>Offhand, I would say no, nothing special for NMF, or nothing equaling a lot of money. Check out this link, even though it's a bit dated:</p>

<p>University</a> Times</p>

<p>Pitt gives out some full-tuition merit scholarships to those who have more than a 1450 (CR/M). However, this is not set in stone, and Pitt doles them out in a sometimes unpredictable way. If your son meets the 1450 threshold, it wouldn't hurt for him to apply. There's still time. The 32 ACT probably isn't enough, judging from past years.</p>

<p>Also, the engineering school gives out additional scholarships that can be added to the full-tuition one. But that's not my field, so maybe someone else will chime in.</p>

<p>Also, have you been following this thread? It's the most up-to-date info available on CC:</p>

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<p>I'm pretty sure that there is nothing automatic for NMSF b/c I'm one too and I already applied and was accepted to the UHC w/ no mention of a NMSF scholarship.</p>

<p>Congrats, PBush, on being accepted to the UHC. That's awesome. We're still going to apply, because Pitt does have son's major and has interesting programs. </p>

<p>Quick question, and I apologize if it's been answered, can you submit your honors application at the same time as your regular application, or do you have to wait to be admitted or be invited to apply?</p>

<p>Thanks for any info.</p>

<p>You're considered for honors along with your application. There's no separate application needed.</p>

<p>Thanks, Lurk, for the link to the University Times article and the updated scholarship compilation.</p>

<p>Interesting that the article mentions NMFs that receive their scholarship through corporate sponsors rather than the university.</p>

<p>Do you think this gives those NMFs an advantage?</p>

<p>My son will perhaps earn an NMF scholarship through dad's company. There are 100 given out, but 500 applied. Of course, how many of those actually made NMSF is not known. </p>

<p>We're from the South, so the Alabama and Auburn awards are touted here, so for all we know, there could be similar awards in other regions of the country. These are particularly of interest to us since BME, son's intended major, is not offered at many places in our region of the country. Because of this, we have to look hard for scholarships, because travel is going to be a big expense.</p>

<p>Thanks again for your help.</p>

<p>If you mean biomedical engineering (it's not my field, so I'm not familiar with the abbreviations), has your son looked into the University of Rochester? I believe that is a strong department there, and the school is generous to NMFs. My daughter was given about $15,000 a year scholarship, a combination of a merit scholarship and a smaller one for NMF. Of course, the tuition is high to begin with, but at least the money is a help. And of course it's cold and snowy up there in the winter. (In fairness, Pittsburgh is not much warmer!)</p>

<p>Actually have looked at URochester. There was even a rep at a local college fair. They give 22K for NMF. Since son has a strong interest in the optometry/ophthalmology field, thought it would be a good place because of the Bausch and Lomb connection.</p>

<p>However, his uncle attended Eastman, and told us horror stories of the weather. This is probably why we had kind of moved away from Pitt, because of the weather factor, but son's top choice is in Wisconsin, so not much better there. However, the top choice is looking like it's not going to be affordable, so looking for a good program, which Pitt has an excellent one in BME, but that may give us a better financial package than the midwest school. It's got the urban environment he's looking for as well.</p>

<p>We'll go ahead and send in the app, hoping he'll be considered for honors, and see what happens.</p>

<p>Thanks so much for the help.</p>

<p>How does his SAT break down?</p>

<p>"However, his uncle attended Eastman, and told us horror stories of the weather. This is probably why we had kind of moved away from Pitt, because of the weather factor,"</p>

<p>Pittsburgh does not get the snow that Rochester gets. They get more cloudy and rainy days.</p>

<p>My daughter is a National Merit Scholar and her Pitt scholarship never mentioned NM status at all. Her NM corporate award was sent directly to us in a check from Pitt because it arrived after the room and board bill was paid. This was her first semester, so I don't know whether they will credit her knowing a check is on its way or if we will have to pay up front again.</p>

<p>I don't believe they will automatically credit an outside scholarship. My son's Byrd scholarship is normally refunded back to us since it arrives after everything is paid up. They know that he is going to get it but they have yet to credit his account in advance. His UHC and engineering scholarship from Pitt is credited in advance to his account.</p>


<p>His SAT is 690 on Verbal and 690 on Math, so he's not at the 1400. He did take it in October again, so don't know what those scores are yet. </p>

<p>Do you know if Pitt "superscores" the ACT, because some testings, he's done better on some areas than others. Should we send all three ACTs to Pitt, or do they just look at the composite, so we should just send the 32? The previous ones were 31, but on his first 31, he got a 35 in English.</p>

<p>I recall reading something when doing my Pitt app that is was Pennsylvania law that I had to send ALL of my scores, whether they were good or bad.</p>