The scholarship provides funding and mentoring to minority physics students, helping them enhance their education and for successfully prepare for a variety of careers. Some past scholars have also become high school physics teachers. Engineering physics and applied physics majors also welcome to apply.
Program entry requirements[ edit ] To enter the competition, a student must Be enrolled full-time as a high school student progressing normally toward completion of high school and planning to enroll full-time in college in the fall following the completion of high school; Be a citizen of the United States or be a U.
Students completing high school in three 3 years or less must be in the last or next-to-last year of high school when they take the test.
Students unable to take the exam because of an extenuating circumstance, such as severe illness or natural disaster, may be permitted to substitute subsequent SAT results by making arrangements with NMSC no later than March 1 following the exam that was missed.
Up until when the College Board changed the format and style of the PSAT scores in the s out of often qualified for recognition; however, with the New SAT and PSAT format and grading system, which is out of notwhich is what it was on the old PSATqualifying scores for commendation are aboutbut qualifying levels change annually depending on how the top approximately 50, high scorers fared.
Notification is mailed to school principals in April regarding students who scored at or above this level. The principals then notify their students of their status. These students are given the opportunity to identify two colleges or universities to which they would like NMSC to send their scores.
About 16, of the 50, are recognized as National Merit Semifinalists in this process. The Selection Index qualifying scores for Semifinalist standing vary from state to state and from year to year.
Each state is allocated a percentage of Semifinalists based on the percentage of that state's graduating seniors out of the nation's total. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation does not release to the public the minimum qualifying score required per state.
Principals communicate these results to their students, though some misread the NMSC materials and do not release them until the NMSC press release, which comes in mid-September. Those not making Semifinalist are "Commended", and receive a Letter of Commendation; they do not continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards.
Finalist[ edit ] Semifinalists must fulfill additional requirements and advance to the Finalist level of the competition to be considered for a scholarship. They must also submit an application that includes high school courses and grades, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and a self-descriptive essay.
The information that is collected about each Semifinalist is used later in the process to choose scholarship winners.
All Finalists receive a Certificate of Merit in recognition of their outstanding performance in the competition. Scholarships[ edit ] Of the 15, Finalists, about 8, receive Merit Scholarship awards. These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: NMSC's own funds support the majority of these awards but corporate sponsors help underwrite these awards with grants they provide to NMSC in lieu of paying administrative fees.
About 1, Merit Scholarship awards are provided by corporate sponsors for Finalists who meet criteria specified by the sponsor. Most of these awards are for children of the sponsor's employees, for Finalists living in a particular geographic area, or for Finalists who have career plans the sponsor wishes to encourage.
These two types of awards can be used at any regionally accredited college or university in the United States. There are also approximately 4, college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who plan to attend a sponsor college. In addition, about 1, program participants who are below the Finalist level receive Special Scholarships provided by corporate sponsors.
To receive a scholarship payment, a Merit Scholarship winner must a notify NMSC of plans to enroll in a college or university in the United States that holds accredited status with a regional accrediting commission on higher education, and b plan to enroll full-time in an undergraduate course of study leading to a traditional baccalaureate degree.
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