Here’s a nifty scholarship program: the University of Alabama offers full 4-year scholarships to students who get to the Semifinalist round of the National Merit® or National Achievement® Scholarship program. That’s Semifinalist, not Award-winner or even Finalist.
To qualify for this scholarship, you have to be a high school senior who can apply for admission to UA in time to be accepted by December 1st of your senior year, with a 3.5 GPA.
If you meet all the above requirements as a National Merit/National Achievement® Scholar Semifinalist, you’ll be eligible for a scholarship that covers the value of tuition for 4 years.
If you meet all the requirements as a Finalist, you’re in line for housing, an annual $1,000 stipend, a laptop computer, and one-time award of $2,000 for a summer research or international study project, in addition to tuition. The Finalist benefits are also available to National Hispanic Scholars who meet certain GPA and SAT requirements.
It’s easy to see why the University of Alabama is so proud of its National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Scholar students. In the 2008-2009 academic year, UA was 11-highest enroller of National Merit Scholars out of the country’s 629 public universities, and in 2007-2008, #28 out of 2,400+ public and private universities together.
For complete eligibility, enrollment, and application details on UA’s Semifinalist scholarships, visit the university’s website.
And if you’re not interested in Alabama, there may be public or private colleges in your area who offer similarly generous scholarships to Semifinalists.