National Merit Scholarship

USF National Merit Scholar Benefits

 

National Merit Scholarship Benefits

From lucrative scholarships to exclusive campus services and academic programs, USF offers an unbeatable combination of benefits for National Merit Scholars. 

Generous Scholarships and Financial Support 

Both Florida and non-Florida National Merit Finalists at USF have big-dollar scholarship opportunities.

Florida residents (as determined by the institution) 

  • Scholarship covering your full cost of attendance during fall and spring semesters as determined by the State of Florida Benacquisto Scholarship Program. This merit scholarship for high school graduates who achieve the National Merit® Scholar Finalist designation covers 100 percent of the cost of attendance, minus the amount that you receive from Bright Futures and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. If you qualify for this award, it will replace all other awards from the Office of Admissions, excluding the Tradition of Excellence National Merit Scholarship award
  • USF National Merit Tradition of Excellence Award ($20,000/$5,000 per year)
  • Scholarship options for study abroad (USF Passport Scholarship - $2,000)
  • A tuition waiver for your first year (30 credits) of graduate study at USF immediately following graduation with a Baccalaureate degree*

NON-Florida residents (as determined by the institution) 

  • Scholarship covering your full cost of attendance during fall and spring semesters for four years or until the completion of the Bachelor’s degree
  • Scholarship options for study abroad (USF Passport Scholarship - $2,000)
  • A tuition waiver for your first year ( 30 credits) of graduate study at USF immediately following graduation with a Baccalaureate degree *

* This does not pay for USF Health and other professional programs, such as the MD, DPT or DPHARM.

To meet the eligibility requirements for these awards all students must meet the National Merit® Scholar Finalist designation as determined by the National Merit® Scholarship Corporation and select the University of South Florida as their first-choice school by “The Corporation” deadline.  The student must also accept a college-sponsored, corporate-sponsored, or NMSC corporation sponsored award to be eligible for the full scholarship package at the University of South Florida.

Exclusive Campus Services

Professional Career, Education and Development Support 

  • Assistance in securing internships
  • Funding for academic conferences, research and publication
  • Access to free preparatory courses for standardized tests, such as the MCAT
  • Leadership development opportunities with mentoring by faculty and community leaders

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