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Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: The mission of national merit scholarship corporation (nmsc) is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the united states. Nmsc accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The enduring goals of nmsc's scholarship programs are: to promote a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular; to shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education; and to stimulate increased support from organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding scholastic talent.

Programs: The national merit scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the national merit program by taking the preliminary sat/national merit scholarship qualifying test (psat/nmsqt) - a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1. 5 million entrants each year-and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. For fiscal year 05/31/15 the national merit scholarship program included:four-year renewable scholarships: 24,502 recipients one-time awards: 2,715 recipients

the national achievement scholarship program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding black american high school students. Black students may enter both the national achievement program and the national merit program by taking the preliminary sat/national merit scholarship qualifying test (psat/nmsqt) and meeting other published requirements for participation. A student's standing is determined independently in each program. Black american students can qualify for recognition and be honored as scholars in both the national merit program and the national achievement program, but can receive only one monetary award from nmsc. For fiscal year 05/31/15 the national achievement scholarship program included: see schedule ofour-year renewable scholarships: 331 recipients one-time awards: 700 recipientswith the conclusion of the 2015 program, the national achievement scholarship program will undergo a transition. Beginning in 2016, nmsc is forging a new relationship with united negro college fund (uncf), the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. Uncf will carry on the name and legacy of the national achievement scholarship program through a newly designed program for college graduates. The new program, which will be administered by uncf and underwritten by the national achievement scholarship program, will honor and award financial assistance to high-achieving, underrepresented college graduates.

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National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) gives false promises. Every year my son has taken the PSAT test in Octobers since 9th grade, 2012. He scored among the top 1% nationwide and became a national merit semi-finalist in his 11th grade year (11th grade is the only year counts). After he submitted an application, an essay, recommendation letters and SAT scores, he advanced to be a national merit finalist. He received a letter from NMSC president in March 2016 which wrote he received a scholarship of $2000 per year for 4 years from Northrop Grumman and he “may only use this scholarship at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States”. Then in August 2016, NMSC informed my son he had lost his scholarship because he had chosen to go to a service academy.
A short sentence on the exclusion of service academies from scholarships was buried in a 56-page PSAT/NMSQT booklet that NMSC gave out to students when they registered for PSAT tests. NMSC failed to properly inform students the exclusion, then it continued to mislead my son with the president’s letter, followed by lies to cover its tracks. NMSC board of directors and Northrop Grumman are enabling these behaviors by choosing to do nothing.