News Releases FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

News Releases from National Merit Scholarship Corporation

  1. What information does NMSC release to news media?
  2. To whom does NMSC send public announcements?
  3. What are the announcement dates?
  4. Is there a list of Finalists in the National Merit® Scholarship Program?
  5. Who should I contact at NMSC about news releases?

1. What information does NMSC release to news media?

NMSC distributes public announcements about Semifinalists in the fall and scholarship winners in the spring. The public announcements include background information about the competition, a list of students' names, the names and locations of their high schools, and information about scholarship sponsors.

2. To whom does NMSC send public announcements?

NMSC transmits Semifinalist and Scholar news releases by e-mail to several thousand daily and weekly newspapers and to school district public information offices that have requested them.

3. What are the announcement dates?

For a schedule of the 2017 competition announcement dates, click here.

4. Is there a list of Finalists in the National Merit® Scholarship Program?

Each high school is notified in early February of their Semifinalists who have advanced to Finalist standing. Decisions regarding public announcements about Finalists are left to the discretion of the high school.

5. Who should I contact at NMSC about news releases?

Contact Public Information at (847) 866-5100.


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