I am a high school senior right now and am preparing to apply to college. USC is on my list partly because of the half tuition scholarship they give to students that are National Merit Finalists and mark USC as their top choice school. Since I got a 1490 on the PSAT last year, I think I have a chance at becoming a finalist. However, USC isn’t actually my top choice school and I don’t know if I’ll necessarily go there if I get into a better school. So my question is: if I mark USC as my top choice school on the National Merit Scholarship and am accepted to the school, am I guaranteed the scholarship? Also, does marking USC as my top choice college mean I HAVE TO attend the school if I’m accepted or can I reject the offer to go to another school?
Another question: would I still be able to get other USC scholarships if I am already selected for the National Merit Finalist scholarship?