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Compete for a National Merit Scholarship

Compete for a National Merit Scholarship

If you are super studious  and an ace with standardized tests, you might want to think about trying to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship.

The National Merit Scholarship program “is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship.”

To participate, a high school student must:

  1. take the PSAT/NMSQT in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern
  2. be enrolled as a high school student, progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning to enroll full time in college no later than the fall following completion of high school
  3. be a citizen of the United States; or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.

Out of the millions who enter the program, the top 50,000 students with the highest scores will qualify for the program. About 16,000 qualify as semi-finalists with the 15,000 qualifying as finalists. About 8,300 are then notified that they are eligible for an award which can include a $2,500 scholarship, corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored merit scholarship.

For more information, or to participate, click here.

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