Newspapers across the country have been running stories featuring local students that were selected as semifinalists for the 2011 National Merit Scholarships.
National Merit Scholarships are awarded to approximately 8,400 finalists who are notified of their achievement between March and June.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is an independent, non-profit organization that operates without government assistance. It has earned a reputation for quality and integrity, and their goals have remained constant since the organization’s beginning in 1955:
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation awards three types of Merit Scholarships:
Additionally, each year up to 1,300 outstanding National Merit Program participants that were not recognized as finalists receive Special Scholarships provided by corporations and business organizations. In order to be considered for a Special Scholarship, students must meet the sponsor’s criteria and entry requirements of the National Merit Scholarship Program and submit an entry form to the sponsor organization.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website, if a high school student wishes to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program, they must:
The PSAT/NMSQT is an exam co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
It is a standardized test which gives students a chance to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs and receive information from colleges yet also serves as practice for the SAT and measures critical reading skills, math problem solving skills and writing skills.
Melissa Rhone earned her Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tampa. She resides in the Tampa Bay area and enjoys writing about college, pop culture, and epilepsy awareness.
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