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National Merit Scholarship

Sponsored by: National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Applicant must take the PSAT/NMSQT in the proper year in high school (usually the junior year). Selection is based upon abilities, skills, accomplishment, and potential for success in rigorous college studies and beyond. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships. The 16,000 high-scoring participants who are designated Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for awards. Please note that some awards can be college-specific.


Application Deadline March 1
Scholarship, Grant, Fellowship or Contest Scholarship
Awarded every year? yes
Renewable if recipient maintains full-time enrollment at an accredited school and makes normal academic progress.
Must be repaid? no
Required to attend a specific school? no



Max $10,000
Average $5,250
Min $500


Average 8200

Contact Information

National Merit Scholarship Corporation
United States

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