My son is interested in OU and is a National Merit semifinalist, but according to their website we are looking at around $7,500 first year/$9,000 for each additional year that would not be covered under the scholarship.
He has talked with the music department and the only significant scholarships they offer are tuition waivers, but as a National Merit student a tuition waiver would not be needed.
On the application there are two essay fields (650 words) for supplemental leadership, community involvement, and departmental scholarships. I was wondering if it would be worth it for him to write the essays for those scholarships? Can they be stacked with the National Merit package, and if so, has anyone ever heard of a National Merit student receiving one?