Colleges Offering National Merit Scholarships 2024| What You Need to Know

National Merit recognition opens doors! Although there is a limited selection criterion, many colleges welcome National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists with open arms. Becoming a National Merit Finalist is a prestigious honour, demonstrating your academic ability and commitment to your studies. It will also give you a competitive edge in the job market. But it is sad to say, in the current situation, most colleges offer little or no incentive to attract National Merit Finalists or Semi-Finalists. Even if you know about the state-wise cutoff of the 69th National Merit Scholarship program, it will be helpful before selecting your college. In September 2023, NMSC opened a new college scholarship program with UNCF to benefit HBCUs.

National Merit Scholarship Colleges 2024

In the earlier blog post, we discussed the 2024 national merit scholarship programs, so in this context, we will give you a detailed analysis of the best colleges for those qualified for this scholarship.

Even most high school students who qualify for a minimum GPA of 2-4 can apply for other prestigious scholarships. And, if you are diversifically looking for a scholarship, it will financially help your higher study.

Sad Reality of the Colleges

According to my research and interaction with many people, I have seen that most colleges and universities are not working to attract the best and brightest students instead of competing with each other, which is very alarming for the future. Unfortunately, most colleges award students based on financial need instead of academic merit, such as test scores and GPA. Most middle-class families, brilliant and capable students struggling to get through high school, cannot join those top high schools because they cannot pay $20-$40k per year.

Even the Northern Arizona University (NAU) scholarship and mastermind scholarship are some of the most popular scholarships in the U.S., which will help you in your career.

List of Top National Merit Scholarship Colleges

SL NoCollege/University NameOrganization TypeFinalistSemi-FinalistDetails
1University of AlabamaPublic$3500/year + $2000(One Time) + $500/year (Super Store book scholarship)Qualify for Presidential ScholarshipRead More
2University of Alabama-HuntsvillePublicFull tuition + One year of on-campus housing + $500/academic year + $3,000 (One Time)NoRead More
3University of Alabama-BirminghamPublic$4,000/academic yearNoRead More
4Faulkner UniversityPrivateYesYesRead More
5University of Alaska-AnchoragePublicContact with UniversityContact with UniversityRead More
6Arizona State UniversityPublicMaintain Minimum GPA: 3.0( Renewal)NoRead More
7Harding UniversityPrivatea) Full Tuition
b) GPA: 3.25+
c) Annual Stipend: $2000
d) Live Campus Housing
a) Full Undergraduate Tuition
b) GPA: 3.25+
c) National Merit or National Achievement Scholarship Program
Read More
8LaSierra UniversityPrivatea) 100% Full Tuition
b) Minimum GPA : 2.0+ (Renewal) and More
a) 50% Full Tuition & Standard Fees
b) Minimum GPA : 2.0+ (Renewal) and More
Read More
9Pacific Union CollegeRequired Minimum GPA: 3.5+ (Renewal)Required Minimum GPA: 3.5+ (Renewal)Read More
10Florida A&MPublica) Award: $2500
b) Cumulative GPA: 3.3+
c) Permanent U.S. citizen
NoRead More
11Florida Atlantic UniversityPublica) Florida Residents Eligible
b) Also eligible for the Benacquisto Scholarship Program
c) Minimum GPA: 3.0
NoRead More
12Florida International UniversityPublica) 100%Tuition
b) 100% Housing
c) Meal plan
d) Honors College Admission (Guaranteed)
e) Priority Registration
f) Research and mentorship opportunities (Guaranteed)
NoRead More
13University of Central Florida
(** Must Contact with College)
Publica) Full-Time Enrollment
b) Must be Florida Residents
c) Receive UCF or Corporate Sponsored National Merit Scholarship
d) Undergraduate Admissions
e) Minimum GPA: 3.0

a) Full-Time Enrollment
b) Must be Florida Residents
c) Receive UCF or Corporate Sponsored National Merit Scholarship
d) Undergraduate Admissions
e) Minimum GPA: 3.0
Read More
14University of South FloridaPublicFlorida & Non-Florida Residents
a) 100% Tuition
b) Award: $5000/year
c) USF Passport Scholarship: $2000
d) 100% Attendance
NoRead More
15Lynn UniversityPrivatea) Full Tuition
b) Minimum GPA: 3.5
c) Need Undergraduate
d) Need FAFSA
NoRead More
16University of IdahoPublica) Basic Registration Fees
b) Tuition Fees
c) Room Cost
d) Undergraduate Allowed
e) Various Awards
Read It
NoRead More
17University of EvansvillePrivateYesNoRead More
18Wichita State UniversityPublica) Award: $50,000 over 4 years
b) Minimum GPA: 3.50+
NoRead More
19Louisiana Tech UniversityPublica) Full Tuition
b) On-campus Housing
c) Meals Plan
d) Maintain GPA: 3.0+
NoRead More
20Andrews UniversityPrivatea) 100% Tuition
b) Undergraduate Required
NoRead More
21University of Minnesota – MorrisPublica) Full Tuition
b) Renewable Provided
c) Minimum GPA: 2.50+
a) Full Tuition
b) Award: $4000/year
c) Renewable Provided
d) Minimum GPA: 2.50+
Read More
22Mississippi State UniversityPublica) Awarded Housing Scholarship + On-campus residence hall (Fully cover)
b) Non-Residents: $100,000 over 4 years (approx) + $16,765/year (100% out-of-state tuition)
c) Provide Lieu of Freshman Academic and Colvard Future Leader Scholarship
d) GPA: 3.4+
a) Residents: $40,000 over 4 Years (approx)

b) GPA: 3.0+

c) Non-Residents: $100,000 over 4 years (approx) + $16,765/year (100% out-of-state tuition)

d) Provide Lieu of Freshman Academic and Colvard Future Leader Scholarship
Read More
23University of Southern MississippiPublica) Award: $500/semester + $4000 (One Time)
b) Full Tuition
c) Deadline: May 1
a) Award: $500/Semester
b) Full Tuition
c) Deadline: January 15
Read More
24University of MississippiPublica) Minimum GPA: 3.0+
b) Award: $1000/year + $5000/year (Barnard Scholarship)
Minimum GPA: 3.0+Read More
25University of NebraskaPublicContact UniversityContact UniversityRead More
26University of Nevada – Las VegasPublica) Award: $10,000 (Under President’s Scholarship)
b) Minimum GPA: 2.0+
NoRead More
27New Jersey Institute of TechnologyPrivatea) Full Tuition & Fees Cover
b) Award: $1500/year
c) Must be a permanent U.S. citizen
d) Minimum GPA: 3.0+
a) Full Tuition & Fees Cover
b) Award: $1500/year
c) Must be a permanent U.S. citizen
d) Minimum GPA: 3.0+
Read More
28University of New MexicoPublica) Full Tuition
b) Award: $24,000/year
c) Maintain Min GPA: 3.30+
NoRead More
29North Dakota State UniversityPublica) Amount: $5000/year
b) Deadline: February 1
NoRead More
30University of OklahomaPublicVariousNoRead More
31Oklahoma State UniversityPublicVarious
Noa) Read More 1
b) Read More 2
32Oklahoma City UniversityPrivatea) Award: $1000
b) Maintain Min GPA: 3.0+
c) Must be Completed FAFSA
NoRead More
33Oklahoma Christian UniversityPrivateVariousVariousRead More
34Lipscomb UniversityPrivateVariousVarious Read More
35Bryan CollegePrivatea) Full Tuition
b) Minimum GPA: 3.75+
c) Renewable: Yes
a) Full Tuition
b) Minimum GPA: 3.75+
c) Renewable: Yes
Read More
36Abilene Christian UniversityPrivatea) Full Tuition
b) Minimum GPA: 3.75+
c) Award: $15000/year +$2000/year
d) FASFA Sumbit
YesRead More
37Baylor UniversityPrivateYesNoContact University
38Texas A&M UniversityPublicVariousVariousRead More
39Texas Tech UniversityPublicVariousVariousRead More
40University of HoustonPublica) Full Tuition
b) Undergraduate Research Stipend: $1000 (One Time)
c) Study Abroad stipend: $2000 (One Time)
NoRead More
41University of Texas – ArlingtonPublica) Full Ride
b) GPA: 3.0+
c) Award: $130,000 over 4 years
d) Out of state Students: $196,000
YesRead More
42University of Texas – DallasPublica) 100% Tuition
b) Award: $4000/semester + $1500/semester + $4500 (One Time)
c) Study Abroad: $6000
d) FASFA Submit
NoRead More
43University of Texas – TylerPublicYesYesRead More
44University of North TexasPublica) In-State Award: $128,000 over 4 years
b) Out-of-State Award: $177,000 over 4 years
NoRead More
45Liberty UniversityPrivateContact universityContact UniversityRead More
46Washington State UniversityPublicNoa) Maintain GPA: 3.0+
b) Renewable Available
c) Require bachelor’s degree
Read More
47West Virginia UniversityPublica) Full Ride + $3500 (One Time)
b) Minimum GPA: 3.5+
NoRead More
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