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National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year. 

High school junior-level students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). This is the first step in the process of being named a National Merit Finalist. Students who are designated National Merit semi-finalists as a result of their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT are then asked to submit their high school transcript, letters of recommendation and a formal application for scholarship.

For more information about the NMSP please visit the official page.

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