Colleges offer range of scholarships for National Merit Scholars

Some schools, including the University of Oklahoma, offer generous scholarship packages to National Merit Scholars. Other schools offer smaller awards or require National Merit Scholars to compete for a share of merit-based awards that are available to all students.
Oklahoman Published: October 3, 2011
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What other colleges offer National Merit Scholars

Some colleges offer substantial scholarship packages that include travel stipends or computer allowances for National Merit Scholars. Others offer small awards or nothing.

The University of Chicago, which had more freshman National Merit Scholars than any other school in the nation last year, offers an annual $1,000 scholarship, or $2,000 to scholars who demonstrate need.

An admissions counselor for the university said highly selective schools often don't offer significant scholarships to attract National Merit Scholars. Harvard, which ranked second in the nation last year, offers no special scholarship specifically for National Merit Scholars, a spokesman said.

Texas A&M University, which ranked second among public schools for number of freshman National Merit Scholars in 2010, offers a scholarship package of as much as $34,000 for in-state students, plus a study-abroad stipend and other opportunities for qualifying students, and as much as $100,000 for out-of-state students, according to the school's website.

National Merit Scholars who attend Oklahoma State University can receive a scholarship package worth up to about $55,000 for residents and up to about $112,000 for nonresidents. OSU had about 100 National Merit Scholars enrolled last year and about 30 freshman National Merit Scholars this year, said Kyle Wray, vice president for enrollment management and marketing. About 70 percent of the scholars are from Oklahoma, Wray said.

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