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Merit Aid: Publics that Fund at least 50% of Freshmen Tuition and Fees

Thanks to the availability of a 2012 NY Times Table on Merit Money, we have identified the public universities that meet two criteria for providing non-need based merit aid to students: (1) at least 10 percent of freshmen receive the … Continue reading

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PSAT National Merit Scholar Qualifying Scores and SAT Equivalencies, by State

Updated December 17, 2016, with new link to a concordance for PSAT total scores and selection index scores, compared to data for the old PSAT scores. This concordance estimate is for the NMS Class of 2017. For the Class of … Continue reading

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UT Dallas McDermott Scholars: An Exciting Free Ride for Four Years

Editor’s Note: The following post is from UT Dallas… The UT Dallas McDermott Scholars Program has selected 21 students to make up the 2013 incoming class. The entering cohort was chosen from nearly 1,200 high school students in 30 states … Continue reading

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Best Major Universities for National Merit Scholarship Funding

Editor’s note: This list is now updated effective June 28, 2017, to include data for 2016 compared to 2015.  This is the most recent data available. Below we list enrolled merit scholars, by university, for both years so that readers can gauge … Continue reading

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Gates-Funded Reform Plan: More Low-Income Aid, Fewer Merit Grants, No Tax Credit

More than five years ago, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation decided to fund projects and research aimed at doubling by the year 2025 the number of low-income students who graduate from college or from some other post-secondary institution.  The … Continue reading

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Arkansas Honors College Awards 50k Fellowships to 72 Students

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Honors College has selected 72 outstanding high school students who will make up the 2012 class of Honors College Fellows. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the historic $300 million gift from … Continue reading

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Univ of Oklahoma Honors College: Not Only about the Money

The University of Oklahoma at Norman is well-known for the generosity it shows to National Merit Finalists and other applicants of exceptional ability, and the McClendon Honors College at the university appears to be as generous while offering enhanced living … Continue reading

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