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What does it mean to be a National Merit Scholar?

The highest-achieving students in the National Merit Scholarship Program are designated as National Merit Scholars. Finalists and Semifinalists are also given recognition for their academic and extracurricular achievements.

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Keeping this in consideration, what does National Merit Scholar get you?

What the Winners Get. The National Merit Scholarship Program awards three types of scholarships: 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.

Additionally, how do I know if Im a National Merit Scholar? Students should check their PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports to see whether an asterisk appears next to their Selection Index scores. If an asterisk is present, then the student does not meet entry requirements for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Also Know, does being a National Merit Scholar matter?

It depends on the school and what matters to you. For Ivy league etc schools it won't matter much, since most of their applicants will be students that do well on the items National Merit measures. For other schools there will probably be a scholarship, but the exact amount will depend on the school's policy.

What percentile do you need to be a National Merit Scholar?

NMSC compares your PSAT scores with those of other students in your state using its own Selection Index, which falls on a scale between 48 and 228. The top 3-4% of scorers are named Commended Scholar. The top 1%, usually about 16,000 students, are named National Merit Semifinalists.

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