I've started this thread because the same questions keep popping up in multiple threads and Alamemom has explained this several times lately (it has also been discussed in numerous threads in past years that are easily accessible via search feature).
Here is a recap of previous information:
NMF are awarded a 1/2 tuition NMF Presidential Scholarship if they meet 3 criteria:
1) Are accepted to USC (acceptance is NOT guaranteed for NMSF or NMF)
2) Are named NMF
3) Name USC as their first-choice school by the deadline
An interview is not required. Potential NMF may receive an invitation to interview, but that invitation would be coincidental to their NMSF status.
This cannot be said often enough - I do not want anyone to misunderstand and be terribly disappointed: NMSF/NMF are NOT guaranteed admission at USC regardless of when they submit their application.
As I stated above, interviews are NOT required for the 1/2 tuition NMF Presidential Scholarship - please see the criteria listed in my post above.
Again, scholarship interview invitations are not issued simply because an applicant may be a NMSF/NMF. Many NMSF receive scholarship invitations, but that is coincidental to their status as NMSF/NMF. To emphasize, colleges have not yet been notified of NMF status, so there is no way that invitations could be based on that anyway.
As mentioned above, NMSF are not automatically invited to interview. No interview is required for the NMF 1/2 tuition Presidential Scholarship. Admission is NOT guaranteed.
Yes, NMF accepted in March who meet the OTHER criteria (see above) are awarded the scholarship.
I would add the following:
You will not receive information from USC about the NMF Presidential scholarship right now. This information and scholarship acceptance forms come later. If I recall correctly (maybe someone from last cycle can confirm- D got this in 2011) the information came in early/mid April. Still in plenty of time for her to have a couple weeks to make a decision and visit her top choices. She sent in her first-choice decision early (Feb. after confirmation of NMF) because USC was her top choice that offered NMF scholarships. This wasn't necessary, but it was easier for her to get it out of the way.
D also found an additional $2,500 University Scholarship added to the NMF Pres and $1,000 NMS scholarship when her award came in April. All three scholarships were for 4 years with very minimal requirements (I think it was only a 2.5 or 3.0 GPA-- very generous).