Privacy Policy

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP CORPORATION 

Privacy Policy 

National Merit Scholarship Corporation ("NMSC") shares your concerns for maintaining the integrity and privacy of personal information collected on the Internet.  The following Privacy Policy is intended to explain our information collection and dissemination practices in connection with the websites ("Sites") owned and operated by NMSC.

Collection of Personal Information from Site Users

While visiting our Sites, you may choose to provide personal information to NMSC. This information may include, but is not limited to, your name, date of birth, e-mail address, postal address, telephone number, and your parents' names and employment information. By providing your personal information, you consent to allow NMSC to use that information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Compliance with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

NMSC is committed to helping participating schools to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. In accordance with FERPA, before a school may release student records to NMSC, it is required that a parent or legal guardian consent to such release.

Collection of Personal Information from Children

The Sites and NMSC's programs are not directed at individuals under thirteen years of age ("Child") and NMSC will not knowingly (1) collect information from a Child or (2) disclose any information relating to a Child, for any purpose whatsoever.

Security Measures

NMSC has implemented numerous security features to prevent the unauthorized release of or access to personal information, including use of a secure server to encrypt personal information provided to NMSC. Please note that, while NMSC has endeavored to create secure and reliable Sites, the security and confidentiality of any communication transmitted to or from NMSC via the Sites or the Internet cannot be 100% guaranteed. Accordingly, NMSC is not responsible for the security and confidentiality of information transmitted via the Internet.

Use and Disclosure of Personal Information Collected

NMSC uses third-party vendors to host the Sites and provide other services. By submitting your personal information, you authorize NMSC and its third-party vendors to obtain and use your personal information solely for the purpose of endeavoring to provide and providing scholarships to the applicants and any renewals thereof (including, releasing such information to corporations, company foundations, colleges and universities, and other entities and individuals); to verify the information you have provided; to insure the integrity of NMSC's processes; to communicate with you about scholarships and other NMSC services; and to otherwise offer services provided by NMSC. NMSC may also aggregate personal information it receives through the Sites for research and statistical purposes. NMSC does not use your personal information for marketing or promotional purposes, except to the extent expressly stated in this Privacy Policy. Moreover, NMSC does not sell personal information received through its Sites.

Inquiries and Concerns

The foregoing Privacy Policy is effective as of January, 2010. NMSC may amend this Privacy Policy at any time. All amended terms automatically take effect when they are posted on the Sites. You agree to periodically review the Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the Sites, following reasonable notice of any changes, will be conclusively deemed acceptance of such changes. You agree that notice of changes to the Privacy Policy posted on the Sites, delivered by email, or provided in any other reasonable way, constitutes reasonable and sufficient notice. 

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, you may contact us at:

Telephone: (847) 866-5100

Mailing Address:

National Merit Scholarship Corporation
560 Sherman Avenue
Suite 200
Evanston, Illinois 60201-4897

Terms of Use

Please also visit the Terms of Use found at http://www.nationalmerit.org/terms, incorporated here by reference, that explain other important terms governing your use of NMSC's Sites.

 

Featured Scholars
George N. Pandya
George N. Pandya
Endlessly curious and exceptionally innovative, George N. Pandya says, “I am always thrilled to immerse myself in a fascinating new problem, learning something new, whether I fail or succeed.” George received three associate’s degrees as a dual-enrollment student before graduating from high school, and his passion for learning has enabled him to gain experience both in the academic sphere and the workplace.
Full Story
Natalie M. Johnson
Natalie M. Johnson
The youngest of six sisters, Natalie M. Johnson has experienced the financial strain that often accompanies a quality education. “Winning a National Achievement Scholarship,” she says, “was very moving for me because it meant for the first time in my life I could pursue my academic passions without stress caused by limited finances.” Natalie iterates, “very real social barriers prevent other low-income students from achieving the same things as I have.” She intends to use her education to give back to others.
Full Story
Isaiah J. Drummond
Isaiah J. Drummond
Isaiah J. Drummond was inspired to combine his interests in biology and mechanical engineering after attending the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Sciences (MITES) summer program through Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MITES, he won the Edna and Leon Trilling Award for Overall Academic Excellence, completed research at the Broad Institute for Genomics, and interviewed professionals at the Boston Medical Center. These activities motivated him to “work diligently to leave a positive, lasting impact on the world.” Isaiah asserts,“I hope to discover new ways to fight against ailments” and “use my knowledge and skills to increase public awareness of diseases and encourage others to join the fight.”
Full Story
Amy T. Sun
Amy T. Sun
While attending Johns Hopkins University, Amy T. Sun pursued a double degree in biomedical engineering and engineering mechanics. She gained valuable laboratory experience at several internships, including two at the National Institutes of Health, and worked as a research assistant in the systems biology laboratory at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Amy is passionate about “solving problems and understanding how the world works” and is grateful for her scholarship, which helped her partake in study abroad opportunities.
Full Story
Laurel M. Wright
Laurel M. Wright
Laurel M. Wright is the 2016 recipient of the National Merit John M. Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship, which is given each year to an outstanding National Merit Finalist planning to pursue a career in mathematics or science. This four-year award is underwritten by NMSC in honor of its founding President and Chief Executive Officer, who recognized a need for increased support of science and math in America. Laurel is attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she plans to turn her dream of becoming a theoretical physicist into a reality.
Full Story