National Merit Scholarship Program
High school juniors may qualify for National Merit Scholarships by receiving a high score on the PSAT taken in October of the junior year.
Juniors need a high selectivity index score in the 99 percentile range. Not all students in the 99 percentile range will be National Merit Semifinalists. Each state has a different cut off for the selection of National Merit Semifinalists. The score for Texas in 2017 is 221, and increase from last year's cut-off of 220. Only eight states have a higher score cut-off than Texas, so we are in a very competitive state.
The score is obtained from the total of three sections on the PSAT: the critical reading, math and writing scores. The highest score would be 240 (80+80+80=240) since each section of the PSAT ranges from 20 to 80 points. Read more on the program: http://www.nationalmerit.org/
Note: It is important that our students do well on the PSAT as this is one "BIG" way they get on the Universities's "radar" and will receive targeted mailings, and invitations to special recruiting events such as a bus ride trip to Texas A&M to watch a football game with tour - all expenses paid. Other benefits may be an overnight stay/tour at some universities, along with the coveted and generous National Merit Scholarships. Some universities also offer special dorms for National Merit Scholars with pre-registration for classes.
PSAT National Merit Commended Scholars
(National 2017 cut-off = 211)
John Spencer Mustin
PSAT National Merit Scholar Semifinalist
(Texas 2017 cut-off = 221)