National Merit Scholarship

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  1. BAldridge

    BAldridge Member

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    I applied to a special scholarship with my dad's work, Norfolk Southern, and they use the National Merit Corporation to make their decisions. I was notified today that if I decide to attend the Naval Academy that I would no longer be eligible for the scholarship. Does anyone know if this is across the board for National Merit that they don't give scholarships to students attending service academies?
     
  2. Motodoc

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    Why would they? There wouldn't be any need since nearly all of the educational expense for any service academy is paid in full by the U.S. taxpayers along with a salary to boot. They would simply award some other deserving high achiever the national merit scholarship who doesn't have such a perk.
     
  3. osdad

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    Two different things...

    I'd guess that Norfolk Southern just uses National Merit to do the weeding out.

    I would write to N-S explaining that because you are attending a service academy you are not eligible to receive any scholarship money from NMS but still wish to be considered for the NS scholarship.
     
  4. engineer

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    It depends on the stipulations of the scholarship. If the scholarship is for tuition, then you would not be eligible. However, if it is for general college expenses, then you would be eligible. Although our son received a college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship, I don't remember if it has stipulations attached for particular usage.
     
  5. CandidateElias15

    CandidateElias15 USNA '15 Appointee

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    Yes, Baldridge, I'm in the same position. They stipulate you cannot use it to any service academy, before you sign the paperwork.
    Ended up getting 8000 per semester, (on top of a full paid scholarship) to ERAU..
    Was hard convincing parents "no, my goal is a career in the Navy! USNA's the dream!"

    But just in case you break your leg during plebe summer, I'd say keep the scholarship until you absolutely must relinquish it. Insurance comes in many forms lol.
     
  6. BAldridge

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    Thanks CandidateElias15. I found the information on their website today, and was bummed out.

    Just to make things clear, you are still encouraged to apply for scholarships. There are expenses, but they are taken out of your monthly allowance. Any money that you can get can go to cover the expenses (books, laundry, computer, cobbler) and will ultimately end up coming back to you.
     

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