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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:

  • 1966 Thomas Cech : Noble Prize Winner, Created foundation for 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 is the olympics of college prep. The club's single objective is to prepare club members to qualify as finalist for the National Merit® Scholarship Award.

As a benchmark we use the requirements that are outlined in the National Merit® Scholarship Award Guide (click here to view National Merit® Scholarship Award Student Guide). 

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. 

  • 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 maintain a 4.0 or higher while 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.​