We’ve found a few full-tuition public university scholarships for National Merit Finalists. Thirty-seven, to be exact. Scholarships for National Merit Finalists abound, and no one throws the money around like America’s public universities.
In this article, we’ll focus exclusively on these public universities, with guaranteed scholarships ranging from full-tuition to full-ride. While the universities may require a certain high school GPA, they are generally pretty close to automatic. Get recognized as a National Merit Finalist, get a sweet scholarship.
Each hyperlink leads directly to the universities’ respective scholarship pages for National Merit, where you can find more information on their scholarship offers, including deadlines and specific requirements.
University of Alabama: Full tuition for five years for undergraduate and graduate studies, four years of on-campus housing, $3,500 annual stipend for four years, $2,000 for summer research or international study, and $2000 book scholarship
University of Alabama at Birmingham: Full tuition for four years, one year of housing, one-time $1,000 scholarship, and $2,500 for experiential learning
University of Alabama at Huntsville: Full tuition for four years, course fee stipend (up to $1,000), housing allowance, board allowance
Arizona State University: Full tuition, research and travel stipend
Northern Arizona University: Full tuition (fees not covered), $2,000 total stipend
University of Arizona: Award over full tuition
Southern Arkansas University: $5,500 a semester, just over the out-of-state tuition cost
University of Arkansas: $10,000 annually (in-state average tuition is under $8,000) + 90% out-of-state tuition difference waiver
Florida A&M University: Full tuition, fees, housing, board, books for four years
Florida Atlantic University: Up to full cost of attendance
Florida International University: Full tuition, fees, room and board, up to the cost of attendance
University of Central Florida: Full ride
University of South Florida: Full cost of attendance
University of West Florida: Full tuition and mandatory fees, a meal plan, on-campus housing, an $800 per-semester textbook stipend and a one-time paid summer research or study abroad experience valued at up to $1,500
University of Idaho: Full tuition, room and board
Wichita State University: $50,000 over four years
Murray State University: Full tuition, room and board
University of Kentucky: Full tuition plus a two-year housing stipend of $10,000 per year
Louisiana Tech University: Unlimited awards which pay tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and meals for four years.
University of Maine: Full tuition, fees, room and board
University of Minnesota Morris: Full tuition for four years
Mississippi State University: Full tuition for four years plus a $2,000 honors scholarship, $6,000 finalist scholarship, and on-campus housing
University of Mississippi: Full tuition, room and board
University of Southern Mississippi: Scholarship is equivalent to tuition, campus housing, meal plan, and a $500 semester educational allowance for four years. Finalists will also receive a one-time $4,000 study abroad scholarship.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Full tuition
New Jersey Institute of Technology: Full tuition and fees
University of New Mexico: Full tuition, fees, housing, and an iPad
Oklahoma State University: A five-year full tuition waiver and a combination of state, university, and National Merit funding
University of Oklahoma: Full tuition for four years, $5,500 freshman housing scholarship, $5,500 annually for fees, books, room and board, $5,000 cash stipend, $1,000 technology and textbook stipend, $1,000 research and study abroad stipend
Texas A&M University: Out-of-state tuition waiver and $43,000 over four years (just under the average cost of tuition), with other potential stacking scholarships
Texas Tech University: 100% of federally approved cost of attendance including tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation and a personal/miscellaneous allowance
University of Houston: Full tuition and fees + $3,000 for study abroad and research
University of North Texas: Full ride
University of Texas at Arlington: Full ride
University of Texas at Dallas: Full tuition, fees, and board, $4,000 per semester stipend, one-time $6,000 international study stipend
Washington State University: Full tuition for four years
West Virginia University: Full tuition for four years of undergraduate study, and $3,500 for study abroad or academic enhancement
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