Arizona State University offers over 130 degree programs through its nine undergraduate colleges: Architecture, Business Administration,
Education, Engineering & Applied Sciences, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Public Programs, Nursing, and Social Work. Academic honor programs,
Phi Beta Kappa, and other honorary organizations offer special learning opportunities for outstanding students. Located in Tempe, A.S.U.
enrolls nearly 38,000 students of which 29,000 are undergraduates.
More than 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by
U.S. colleges and universities were announced today by National Merit Scholarship Corporation
(NMSC). Offi cials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among
the Finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution.
These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate
study at the institution fi nancing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be
announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in
the 2012 competition to approximately 4,800.
This year, 197 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards
through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 117
private and 80 public institutions located in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP CORPORATION
Today’s announcement is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2012 by National Merit
Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). NMSC named recipients of corporate-sponsored awards on
April 18 and winners of National Merit® $2500 Scholarships on May 2. Additional recipients
of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 9. By the conclusion of this year’s
competition, about 8,300 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships
worth over $35 million.
College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners
College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished
group of about 8,300 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships
for college undergraduate study worth over $35 million. Earlier this spring, winners of corporatesponsored
Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit® $2500 Scholarships were announced.
2012 National Merit Scholarship Competition
About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit
Scholarship competition when they took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship
Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last
fall, approximately 16,000 Semifi nalists were named on a state representational basis in numbers
proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors.
Semifi nalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than
one percent of the nation’s seniors.
To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, Semifi nalists fi rst had to advance to the
Finalist level of the competition by fulfi lling additional requirements. Each Semifi nalist was
asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing
information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifi nalists
also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high
school offi cial, and earn SAT scores that confi rmed the qualifying test performance. From the
Semifi nalist group, some 15,000 met requirements for Finalist standing, and more than half of
the Finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2012.
NMSC, a not-for-profi t corporation that operates without government assistance, was
established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National
Merit Scholarships provided each year are made possible by the support of approximately 440
independent corporate and college sponsors. These sponsors join NMSC in its efforts to enhance
educational opportunities for America’s scholastically talented youth and to encourage the
pursuit of academic excellence.