How many National Merit semifinalists become finalists?

15,000

How long should a National Merit essay be?

Use your own words and limit your response to the space provided. The space allows for about 500 – 600 words. You should focus on two important components of the essay.

What PSAT score do you need to be a national merit finalist?

Overall, you need to get a section score in the 30s for each section on the PSAT to compete for National Merit. Again, aim for a few points higher than the minimum, as cutoffs can vary somewhat from year to year.

How do I know if I am a National Merit finalist?

On Febru, NMSC will mail a Certificate of Merit for each Finalist to the Finalist’s high school principal. On Febru, NMSC will notify Finalists at their home addresses. Semifinalists who do not advance to Finalist standing will be notified in writing.

How much money does a National Merit Scholar get?

National Merit Scholarships provide $2,500 towards the student’s freshman year of college. Even better, winning this scholarship (or being a finalist) is prestigious. Some colleges even boast about the number of “National Merit Scholars” they enroll.

Is being a National Merit Scholar a big deal?

Now, it is pretty insignificant. You can expect an award of anywhere to $2000-8000, with many of the awards being a one-time scholarship of $2500. When a private college education costs in excess of $200,000, National Merit is not enough to make a big dent.

How prestigious is National Merit?

Final Thoughts. The National Merit Scholarship is only one of many merit scholarships that students can win in the college application process, but it is among the most prestigious.

What does being a National Merit Scholar mean?

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.