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Admissions National Merit Scholarship


You’re eligible for this scholarship if you’re identified as a semifinalist by the National Merit Corporation and you’re admitted to WSU Pullman.  You could earn full tuition for up to four years. Check out important details about National Merit awards at the bottom of the page.

For Washington residents, the award value is more than $39,000 total (based on current in-state tuition rates for 2016-17).

For students from outside Washington state, the award value is approximately $98,000 total (based on current non-resident tuition rates for 2016-17).

Your next steps:

  1. Apply for admission by January 31
  2. List WSU as your first choice institution with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by May 1.
  3. Make yourself eligible for even more awards and resources
    Completing the following applications will make you eligible for additional resources through WSU.

    • Complete the WSU general scholarship application by January 31. It’s a simple application, and it’ll let WSU consider you for more than 700 scholarship programs.
    • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We use the FAFSA to see if you’re eligible for grants, work-study, and student loans. It also affects how we award need-based scholarships. Fill out the application between October 1 and January 31.

Important scholarship details

  • You must enroll at WSU in the fall semester following your high school graduation in order to take advantage of this scholarship.
  • Tuition awards valid for up to 18 credit hours per semester.
  • Recipients of a National Merit Corporate Sponsored award will have the amount of their scholarship reduced by the amount of the corporate award, so that it will not exceed the amount of tuition.
  • This scholarship could be the first of many scholarships that you benefit from. However, the National Merit Scholarship cannot be combined with a Regents Scholar award, the University Achievement Award, the Cougar Academic Award, or the Visitation Award at WSU.
  • Students admitted into the Pharmacy and Veterinary medicine professional programs, and transfer students, are not eligible for this award or for renewal.

To renew for all four years, you need to:

  • Maintain a 3.0 WSU cumulative grade point average.
  • Complete 24 graded credit hours per academic year (fall/spring semesters only).
  • Remain enrolled full-time on the Pullman campus.
  • In some circumstances, you may be able to retain your scholarship after leaving the University; check WSU readmission requirements. You must request a scholarship deferment from the Student Financial Services prior to your enrollment discontinuation.


To confirm that you qualify or to ask questions about this program, contact Heather Morgan at 509-335-7126 or by   e-mail.

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Your Plans

Full Day Visits
  • Experience WSU A series of fall and spring semester events for admitted students. Experience what it’s like to live and learn at WSU.
  • Fall Preview Oct. 14 & 28 This full day of University life introduces you to our excellent academics and includes a residence hall tour, a chance to talk with current students, and more.
  • Game Day Tours Coming to a home football game? Add a tour to your day and see what academics and athletics is all about at WSU.
  • Future Cougars of Distinction An exclusive and invitation-only program for freshmen that provides top scholars an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes overview of WSU.
  • Future Cougars Embracing Diversity An opportunity for underrepresented students to see first-hand all that WSU has to offer.
  • Out-of-State Experience A spring semester event for admitted non-resident students.

Campus tours
  • Walking Tours Prospective Students, sign up for a walking campus tour.
  • Group Tours Teachers, Counselors, and Professionals, plan a visit for your class or student group.

Find the right application for you below.

  • Freshman Use this application if you anticipate graduating from high school this academic year.
  • Transfer Use this application if you have attended college since graduating from high school.
  • Scholarships Make sure to apply for scholarships along with your admission application.
  • International Use this application if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America.
  • Returning Student If you previously enrolled at any WSU campus, and have been away for more than one semester, use this application to reapply for admission.
  • Non-Degree Use this application if you don’t intend to complete a degree at WSU and will be taking courses for personal enrichment, transfer to another college, or a teaching endorsement.
  • Post-Degree Use the post-bachelor’s application if you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to add an additional degree or certificate.
  • Online Use this application if you want to earn a WSU degree online.  See the list of degrees offered online.

Not sure? Find out more about our different applications.

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