taken from the collegeboard website:
Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists
in the 2013 National Merit
® Scholarship Program
REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING A FINALIST
As a Semifinalist named in the fall of 2012, you must advance to Finalist standing before you can be considered
for a Merit Scholarship
® award to be offered in 2013. You must meet all specified requirements and
deadlines, or you will be withdrawn from the competition. To qualify as a Finalist, you must:
1. Continue to meet all program entry requirements (published in the 2011
Official Student Guide to the
2. Be enrolled in the last year of high school and be planning to enroll full time in college in the fall of 2013
be enrolled in the first year of college, if grades 9 through 12 were completed in three years or less.
3. Be a citizen of the United States; or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent
residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at
the earliest opportunity allowed by law. If you have not yet become a U.S. citizen, see box below.
4. Be fully endorsed for Finalist standing and recommended for a National Merit Scholarship by your high
school principal (or school official designated by the principal).
5. Have a record of consistently very high academic performance in
all of grades 9 through 12
and in any college course work taken. Your school must provide a complete record of high school
courses you have taken, grades earned, and course work you will take in grade 12. The school should
also notify National Merit Scholarship Corporation (
NMSC) of any noticeable decline in your academic
performance during the current year. If you are now in college, high academic performance must continue
and must be documented by an official transcript of your record (see instructions on page 2 of
6. Submit the completed application to your high school official as soon as possible using the Online
Scholarship Application (OSA). The school official will complete the school’s sections of the application
for final transmittal to
NMSC by October 10, 2012.
7. Take the
SAT® and earn scores that confirm your 2011 PSAT/NMSQT performance. You must take (or
have taken) a national administration of the
SAT between October 2010 and December 2012. Also, it
is your responsibility
to file a request with the College Board SAT Program to have an official report
SAT scores sent to NMSC (code 0085). See page 2 of this document for detailed information
SAT administrations and score reporting.
8. Provide any additional documentation and information that
National Merit, Merit Scholarship, Merit Scholar,
and the corporate logo are federally registered service marks of National Merit Scholarship
PSAT/NMSQT is a registered trademark of National Merit Scholarship Corporation and the College Board. SAT is a registered trademark
of the College Board. The College Board was not involved in the production of this document.