Every year, the awaited list of National Merit Semi-Finalists is sent to principals of high schools, as well as the high scoring students. So a hearty “congratulations” to all who qualified!
While many seniors already have the college essays written, and the teacher recs done, it is important to integrate the weighty component of a merit award based on National Merit standing.
While National Merit Corporation itself offers a $2500- award to the finalists every year, some colleges offer large renewable merit scholarships. For instance, USC (Southern California) offers 23k per year and ASU (Arizona) offers full out of state tuition and fees.
This is of course part of the research in making the college list of AFFORDABLE schools! College scholarships don’t happen by chance, nor are they available at every school.
2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition
The results for the October 2014 PSAT/NMSQT are available December 2014. The scores and your test booklet are mailed to your high school early in December.
2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition
If you took the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2013 of your junior year and you received a very high score, you may be entered in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarships. In September, 2014, 34,000 commended students will receive Letters of Commendation. These students will not continue in the competition.
In September 2014… 16,000 high scorers will qualify as semifinalists. In February 2015, semifinalists who meet academic and other requirements will advance to Finalist standing.
April, 2015, winners of corporate sponsored merit scholarships.
May, 2015, winners of National Merit $2500 scholarships.
May, 2015, winners of college-sponsored merit scholarships.
July, 2015 winner of additional college sponsored merit scholarships.
So What’s It Take To Be A National Merit Semifinalist?
For the Class of 2015… here are the PSAT scores, state-by-state, for qualification:
District of Columbia 224
New Hampshire 212
New Jersey 224
New Mexico 210
New York 218
North Carolina 212
North Dakota 201
Rhode Island 212
South Carolina 209
South Dakota 203
West Virginia 201