I posted this in the financial aid section as well, but I figure it's a more specific question that someone here might know about.
I was named an NM Semifinalist and everything is a go for Finalist status. A&M isn't my first choice, but looking at their website, there are 3 scholarships for NM Finalists that add up to $9,150 per year, which would take care of tuition, plus a $2000 stipend for freshmen year, and they say that I would "likely" get all of them.
I'm asking specifically why A&M would bother dividing them into separate scholarships when the only requirement is being a National Merit Finalist. It looks like there is some catch or something... Also, is there a good chance of getting the National Merit scholarships as well as other scholarships from the college? Because that could be a full ride, or close to it.