National Merit Scholarship Program
The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for entry to the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. The PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 are not considered for entry.
For more information, visit the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) website, see the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide, or see the Guide to the National Merit Scholarship Program (for educators). NMSC is a cosponsor of the PSAT/NMSQT.
Student Search Service
When you take the PSAT/NMSQT or the PSAT 10 and say "yes" to our free Student Search Service® or opt in online, you can help colleges and scholarship providers find you. We'll also connect you to our scholarship partners, who offer over $300 million annually in scholarships to qualified underserved students with financial need.
If you opt in to Student Search Service and you qualify, you'll be invited to apply for scholarships in the fall of your junior year.
Additional Scholarship Partners
Offers awards to qualified students of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage.
When to apply:
- APIA Scholarship: September 4–January 22
- AANAPISI Scholarship: September 4–November 6
Cobell Scholarship (awarded by Indigenous Education, Inc.)
Offers merit- and need-based scholarships to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students.
When to apply: January 31–March 31
Horatio Alger Association
Offers scholarships to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives and have demonstrated financial need.
When to apply: August 1–October 25
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Provides scholarships to children of veteran, active duty, and reserve Marines. Children of U.S. Navy corpsmen, Navy chaplains, and religious program specialists who have been attached to a Marine Corps unit are also eligible.
When to apply: January 1–March 3
Ron Brown Scholar Program
Offered to African American high school seniors, this scholarship focuses on leadership and civic engagement.
When to apply:
- Early timeline: August 1–November 1
- Regular timeline: August 1–January 9
Sunrise Scholars Foundation
The Sunrise Scholars scholarship program is open to high-achieving Florida juniors who come from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds.
When to apply: November 1–March 1
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Provides scholarships to low- and middle-income Washington state residents planning to earn an associate degree, certificate, apprenticeship, or bachelor's degree in STEM or healthcare at a Washington state institution.
When to apply:
- For bachelor's degrees: January 6–February 6
- For other opportunities: April 6–June 4
What Our Scholarship Partners Say
Our partnerships connect students like you to available funding for college. Take a look at what scholarship providers say about the impact of our partnerships.
Our partnership with College Board has enabled APIASF to access thousands of Asian and Pacific Islander American student leaders who may not otherwise hear about our scholarship programs. Through the hundreds of APIASF scholarships awarded each year, this partnership empowers rising leaders to turn dreams of higher education into real-life benefits for themselves, their families, and communities.
—Jeannette Soon-Ludes, Ph.D., Director, APIASF Scholarships & Programs
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s partnership with the College Board has allowed us to expand our recruitment efforts to students from all 50 states and from all economic backgrounds. This type of reach ensures that we find, select, and promote the success of America’s young leaders to new heights. Thank you College Board for all the help you have provided over the years!
—Fidel A. Vargas, President & CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The College Board is an essential partner to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The Cooke Foundation awards annual scholarships of up to $40,000 to exceptionally promising students who have financial need. By partnering with the College Board, we are able to locate more high-achieving, low-income students that have the ability to excel when given the resources to develop their talents. The College Board has done extraordinary things by facilitating our outreach efforts. We are forever grateful that the College Board has expanded our outreach efforts in this way.
—Harold Levy, Executive Director, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
These programs use PSAT/NMSQT scores to find eligible juniors.
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, P.O. 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
Write to PSAT/NMSQT by October 31 at the address below if you don’t want to share your scores with the Telluride Seminar Scholarships program or the National Scholarship Service:P.O. Box 6720
Princeton, NJ 08541-6720