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Do you know of any merit scholarships which can be earned based on academic/extracurricular performance?

I'm looking for some but cant seem to find many

Thank you comment icon can you qualify what you mean on academic performance? merits scholarship are usually given based on grade since that is easily measured. However, if one do very well on a science project (like robotic competition), then there are financial rewards came with those. similar with athletic events or musical competitions. Peter Huang

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Vamshee’s Answer

You can get National Merit Scholarship if you do well in PSAT and be in top percentile.


More about PSAT on below link

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/what-the-psat-is-and-what-to-know-about-the-exam

Some public and private colleges offer some scholarships or fee waiver based on your GPA/SAT/SOP and your application.

Please find the below link for more information.

https://scholarships360.org/scholarships/great-merit-scholarships/#:~:text=A%20merit%20scholarship%20is%20a,as%20well%20as%20private%20organizations.

https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/academic-scholarships-and-merit-scholarships/

One can get on campus jobs based on credentials and availability once you get through admission process and after college starts.
Be in touch with the student counselor at schools and colleges to get all the information and scholarship opportunities.

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Laurie’s Answer

Agree! Your school guidance counselor should have a ton of resources for you and can guide you to apply for scholarships. Check community resources in the city where you live as well. Local chambers of commerce, Lions Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, etc. often offer scholarships. If applicable, your parent/guardian's place of employment may have scholarships as well.
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Shannon’s Answer

It's great that you are looking forward and exploring the possibility to have financial assistance with a merit scholarship! I was able to take advantage of a couple of MS's due to my dad being a WWII veteran. I also participated as a member of a committee who worked at the behest of Walmart to interview candidates to award a community merit scholarship. Every little bit helps.

Many years ago I had a side hustle business where I offered a scholarship search service. For a fee, a student would fill out a comprehensive questionnaire that included just about everything about a person including if the student had a parent who was a veteran, if the student was a minority and their extracurricular activities. Then I submitted the questionnaire to a company I was affiliated with to run it through their database. The student would receive a list of opportunities that best matched what they had in their background to qualify. It might be the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Walmart, Jewish United Fund, etc.

Since it's been a long time since I worked that segment I did a search based on my own experience. I recommend you read the following to get some background and do some online research into Unigo and Mefapathway. These are similar to what I did in the past. They are scholarship search services. It's worth a look. Also contact your community organizations and speak to a school counselor. It could be churches and clubs. Also do an online search for Walmart and Target scholarships. I know they offer them. Simply type into your search a business such as Walmart Merit Scholarship, Home Depot Merit Scholarship. Then drill down to see what it takes to apply for them.

https://blog.accepted.com/do-scholarship-databases-like-unigo-actually-work/
https://www.unigo.com/match/quiz/scholarshipexperts

I hope this helps you a little bit and I wish you the very best in your search and your drive to do your very best!
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Melanie’s Answer

My number one advice would be to look locally. Simply search online for scholarships in your area. All of my scholarships came from either the university I was attending or local foundations near my hometown. Like others said, your guidance office should have resources or be able to guide you to where to find local scholarships. I would also browse the website of the university you are hoping to attend. I would stray away from the national scholarships online, they are hard to get and you often don't even hear back after you apply. Start by researching online for local scholarships and also speaking with someone in the guidance counselor's office. Then, research the website of the university you would like to attend. Good luck!
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Mary Jean’s Answer

If you haven't already, check in with your school's guidance counselor or advisor. They typically are knowledgeable in this area.
Good luck.
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