The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college 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®), which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
To enter the National Merit Scholarship Program and compete for recognition and 8,700 scholarships to be offered in 2019 student must:
- Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2017 (October 11 or 25, 2017)
- Take the test in the specified year of the high school program
Note: The 2017 PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for entry to the 2019 program. Most entrants will complete high school and enroll in college in 2019
For more information on the PSAT/NMSQT navigate to the College Board website at the link below: