Scholarships and Recognition

Scholarship and recognition programs are looking for students with skills like yours.

Bank on Skills

Two simple steps could mean money for college:

  1. Take the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10.
  2. Say “yes” to Student Search Service® when you fill out your answer sheet on test day.

National Merit Scholarship Program

When you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you’re automatically screened for 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 NMSC's website or see the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT or the Guide to the National Merit® Scholarship Program (for educators).The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is a cosponsor of the PSAT/NMSQT.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) uses the PSAT/NMSQT as an initial screen of program entrants. NMSC conducts two annual competitions for recognition and scholarships:

  • National Merit Scholarship Program
    • Open to all high school students who meet entry requirements.
    • Each year over 1.5 million high school students enter the competition.
    • 50,000 are recognized for their academic potential.
    • 9,300 win Merit Scholarship® awards or Special Scholarships for college undergraduate study. (Special Scholarships are provided by corporate sponsors for students who meet their criteria and are high performers in the competition, but not finalists.)
  • National Achievement Scholarship Program
    • An academic competition in which only African American high school students participate.
    • Black students who wish to enter the National Achievement Program as well as the National Merit Program request consideration in the National Achievement Program by marking Section 14 of the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet.
    • More than 160,000 students enter each annual competition.
    • 4,700 participants receive recognition.
    • 800 win Achievement Scholarship® awards.

For more information about NMSC, visit

New Scholarships

The College Board’s new scholarship partners provide millions of dollars to qualified low-income and minority students — and they use the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 to help find them.

National Hispanic Recognition Program

The College Board recognizes academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino U.S. juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT. Learn more about the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

Other Programs

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.