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Scholarships and Recognition

At several points along its path, the SAT Suite of Assessments connects students to programs that recognize academic excellence and award college scholarships.

Scores from the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are used by several organizations to identify candidates for their awards or recognition programs. Students who take the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and the PSAT 10 can opt in to Student Search Service®, making their names and information available to scholarship programs as well as colleges. Scores from the PSAT 8/9 are not used in any scholarship or recognition programs.

National Merit Scholarship Program

A cosponsor of the PSAT/NMSQT, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) uses the PSAT/NMSQT as an initial screen of candidates for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.

The PSAT/NMSQT is the official route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program. The PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 will not be considered for entry. 

For more information, visit NMSC's website or see the Guide to the National Merit® Scholarship Program (for educators) or the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT.

National Hispanic Recognition Program

The College Board recognizes academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino U.S. high school students, using their PSAT/NMSQT scores as part of the award criteria. Learn more about the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

New Scholarship Partners

To further our efforts to remove barriers to college for all students, the College Board recently added new partnerships with scholarship providers. Our new partners will be able to use PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 data to reach eligible low-income and minority students from high schools across the country.

Other Programs that Use PSAT/NMSQT Scores

The PSAT/NMSQT scores of 11th-grade test-takers are automatically shared with the following two programs.

National Scholarship Service

The National Scholarship Service offers a free college advisory and referral service for 11th-grade African American students. For more information, write to:

National Scholarship Service
980 Martin Luther King Drive, SW, PO Box 11409
Atlanta, GA 30310

Telluride Seminar Scholarships

The Telluride Association offers scholarships to gifted 11th-grade students for their six-week summer program in the humanities and social sciences.

How to Opt Out

Students who don’t want their scores released to these programs can write to PSAT/NMSQT by Oct. 31 after they take the test, at this address:

P.O. Box 6720
Princeton, NJ 08541-6720