Full-Ride College Scholarships for National Merit Finalists reward the best PSAT test-takers with scholarship money. Lots and lots of scholarship money.
All of the guaranteed scholarships in this article are all full-ride, meaning they cover approximately the cost of tuition, fees, room and board over four years. While they 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.
Don’t forget to check out College Guidepost’s ranking of the 10 Best Full-Ride College Scholarships for National Merit Finalists, because some full rides give you more cash than others, and avoiding college debt is awfully nice.
Without further ado, here’s a state-by-state listing of full-ride college scholarships for National Merit Finalists.
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.
Faulkner University: Full tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees
Oakwood University: Tuition and room for four years
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 Huntsville: Full tuition for four years, course fee stipend (up to $1,000), housing allowance, board allowance
Harding University: Full undergraduate tuition, technology fee, standard room and board
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
Murray State University: Full tuition, room and board
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
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 New Mexico: Full tuition, fees, housing, and an iPad
Oklahoma Christian University: Up to 17 credit hours per semester of full tuition, mandatory fees, cost of room and meal plan
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 Tech University: 100% of federally approved cost of attendance including tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation and a personal/miscellaneous allowance
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
Liberty University: Full tuition, room and board for up to four years
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