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The National Merit Scholars Club 

The National Merit Scholars Club prepares your child to compete for the most prestigious scholarship in America which is the National Merit ® Scholarship Award. As a finalist your child could be recognized nationally by ranking within the top .05% of their graduating class from among 4 million candidates across 21,000 high schools nationwide. 

Some recognizable recipients of the National Merit Scholarship were:

  • 1966 Thomas Cech : Noble Prize Winner, Created foundation of the coavid -19 vaccine.

  • 1973 Bill Gates: Founder of Microsoft.

  • 1973: John Glover Roberts Jr.: Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

  • 1973: Mae Jemison: First African American Woman Astronaut to travel into space.

  • 1982: Jeff Bezos: Founder and CEO of Amazon.

  • 1985: Chubb Rock: Rapper, Producer, Director.

  • 1992: Stephanie Meyer: American Novelist best known for the Twilight Series.

  • and many more.

Becoming a National Merit® Scholarship Award Finalist is only the beginning of great things to come.
If you add national recognition, interviews, speaking engagements, internship opportunities, and unlimited scholarship offers from top colleges and universities to your list I'm sure you would agree that it's something definitely worth fighting for.

The National Merit Scholarship Club is managed and owned by the Oink Group Inc., and is a seperate entity from the National Merit® Scholarship Organization.We make no guarantees or warranties other than what is written in our membership agreement. Students are responsible for maintaining their grades, test scores, attendance, and following the guidelines of the club.

Club Objective

The National Merit Scholars Club objective is to help club members prequalify for a 4 year full-term scholarship at the college of their choice. 
 

As a benchmark we use the National Merit® Scholarship Award because of it's high standards (click here to view National Merit® Scholarship Award Student Guide). However should a student fall short of being a finalist they are more likely to have all of the necessary attributes to still earn up to a full-term scholarship at a college on their dream list. 

Eligible Students

The National Merit Scholars Club has a rolling enrollment meaning that student applications are reviewed  as soon as they are received.  A final decision is made once we receive all necessary documents.

To become a member each student must meet the following qualifications:

  • Students can apply as early as the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and high school students can apply in the 9th and 10th grade.

  • Complete a personal interview.

  • Submit proof of academic performance.

  • Have a letter of recommendation from their principle, counselor, or school administration.

  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0/ B if in middle school and a minimum of 3.5/B if in high school. 

  • Have time to participate in club meetings.

Students that apply for membership should posses some of the following attributes:

  • Like being challenged academically.

  • Have a love for learning.

  • Be goal oriented.

  • Be considered a gifted or advanced learner.

  • Be coachable.

  • Believe in teamwork.

  • Have a winning attitude.​

Club Package 

  • 2 club meetings a month

  • Mentoring and Guidance.

  • Collegiate Preparational Workshops

  • An opportunity to serve on the Clubs Council.

  • Personal College Planning Portal.

  • Online Learning Portal. 

  • An opportunity to compete in national scholarship contests.

  • 1 Day PSAT |SAT bootcamp a year.

  • PSAT | SAT | ACT Self-Pace Software.

  • 1 National Merit Scholars T-Shirt (each year.)

  • Student Handbook

  • Student Journal

The Oink Group National Merit Scholarship 

All members are eligible to compete for The Oink Group National Merit Scholarship Award in their junior year of
high school. The award goes to the top 3  students with the highest PSAT Score*.

Quantity: 3 Awards 

Award Amount:  $5,000 ($1250/yr over 4 years) 

Usage: Scholarship award can be used toward college expenses such as tuition, room & board, books, food,
            transportation, etc...

 

General Eligibility:

  • Student must be a junior in high school.

  • Family must have an active College Prep 4Parents membership.

  • Student must be enrolled in the Oink Group National Merit Scholars Club. 

  • Minimum grade point average: 3.5 / or B.

  • Register with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to take the PSAT.
     

Registration: Opens August 1st, 2021 for the class of 2023.

Deadline: March 1st, 2022

Registration Fee: $0

*The Oink Group National Merit Scholarship Award is managed by the non-profit organization National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The contest criterias for this award is laid out in the scholarship handbook which will be available for the Class of 2023 in August of 2021.

About The National Merit® Scholarship Award 

Why qualifying for the National Merit® Scholarship Award matters?

Each year nearly 4.5 million high school juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT exam through their high school as a preliminary exam to the SAT or ACT. But what parents don't realize is that the PSAT is more than a preliminary exam it is also a key to free college.  The top 7500 finalist are recognized nationally and ranked as the top .05% of students in America.  They can pretty much go to college wherever they please and colleges bid on National Merit Scholarship Finalist as if they were first round draft picks in the NBA.  It's a accredation that will follow them around likely for the rest of their life.  To become a finalist your child is going to have to do a lot more than just get a great score on their PSAT. 

How to win a National Merit® Scholarship Award?

National Merit Scholarship Awards are available only to full time high school students who take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) in October of their junior year. Winning a National Merit® Scholarship Award depends on more than your PSAT score. The National Merit® Scholarship Award bases a students eligibilty on their academic performance starting from their freshmen year of high school up to their senior year, their SAT or ACT scores, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, and an essay may also be required. Other factors include recommendations from your school, your school's curricula, grading system, your state residency and the career and college selected may also be factors.  

What does the winner receive?

The National Merit® Scholarship Program awards three types of scholarships:
 

  • $2,500 towards the student's freshman year of college. Even better, winning this scholarship (or being a finalist) is prestigious. Some colleges even boast about the number of "National Merit® Scholarship Finalist" they enroll.
     

  • College-sponsored merit stipends are four-year renewable awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 per year if the winner attends the college sponsoring the award.
     

  • Corporate-sponsored merit scholarships are four-year renewable awards ranging from $500 to $10,000 per year, or single-payment awards ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Qualifications are set by the company.

In addition to the scholarship opportunities listed above select colleges also offer full-term 4 year scholarships to finalist especially considering that they placed in the top .05% of students in their class nationwide.
Finally, if a student has qualified as a finalist or even a semi-finalist their credentials will likely qualify them for most of the top merit scholarships that are listed by colleges/universities.

The National Merit Scholarship Club is managed and owned by the Oink Group Inc., and is a seperate entity from the National Merit® Scholarship Program.We make no guarantees or warranties other than what is written in our membership agreement. Students are responsible for maintaining their grades, test scores, attendance, and following the guidelines of the club.