SD Mines National Merit Finalist Scholarship

SD Mines is proud to be one of a select number of universities to be a sponsor institution of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Eligibility

Students who reach National Merit Finalist status are notified by NMSC in February of their senior year of high school (see below for an overview of the National Merit Finalist process). National Merit Finalists who have designated SD Mines as their first-choice college with NMSC by February 1 are eligible to receive a National Merit Scholarship.

National Merit Scholarship Value

$12,000 ($3,000 per year for four years) through a combination of NMSC Scholarship and SD Mines National Merit Finalist Scholarship. SD Mines National Merit Finalist Scholarship may be awarded in addition to other SD Mines freshman and/or department scholarships.

Renewal Criteria

  • Enroll in at least 12 SD Mines credits each semester
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credits each academic year (fall, spring, summer)
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA

National Merit Finalist Process

  • Take the PSAT
    • The PSAT may be taken as a sophomore or a junior, depending on the high school you attend.
    • Check with your high school to find out when the test is administered at your school.
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  • Semifinalists Announced
    • In September of your senior year of high school, you will be notified by NMSC if you are a National Merit Semifinalist.
    • Semifinalists are provided application materials from NMSC through their high schools.
    • During the application process, you will have the opportunity to designate your first-choice college. In order to be considered for a SD Mines National Merit Finalist Scholarship, you must indicate SD Mines as your first-choice college by February 1.
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  • Finalists Announced
    • In February of your senior year of high school, you will be notified by NMSC if you have advanced to be named a National Merit Finalist. A letter will be mailed to your home address. 

  • Commit to SD Mines
    • Please provide SD Mines with a copy of your National Merit Finalist letter in order to confirm your eligibility for the SD Mines National Merit Finalist Scholarship.