Texas Tech University

National Merit Scholars

Orin Gotchey Video Link

The National Merit Program at Texas Tech for 2024-2025 has closed and our National Merit Scholars have been notified. If you have any questions, please contact Mason Seyl.

National Merit Semifinalist

Students named as semifinalist are encouraged to follow the directions set by the National Merit Corporation to apply for finalist standing. Additionally, we encourage you to make contact with Texas Tech University to begin a dialogue of your options as a student including your academic and extracurricular aspirations. We hope you'll plan to visit campus as soon as possible. To schedule your visit, please contact Mason Seyl.

Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists

National Merit Finalist

Students that reach finalist standing will be notified in February by the National Merit Corporation. Qualifying students who designate Texas Tech University as their first choice institution are eligible to receive our National Merit Finalist Scholarship which guarantees 100% of the approved cost of attendance. Below is a breakdown of the scholarship amounts.

Tuition & Fees $11,852  (30 credit hours)
HOUSING $7,032
MEALS $4,280
Books & Supplies $1,200
Transportation $2,731
Miscellaneous $2,000
Annual Total $29,086

The National Merit Scholarship is funded by a combination of federal, state and institutional gift aid funds from grants and scholarships. Loans are not included in the National Merit Scholarship.

Non-resident Students

National Merit Finalists who select Texas Tech University and are not residents of the State of Texas, qualify for Texas Tech's National Merit Scholars Program.


Students that qualify for participation in this program will be eligible for 4 years of undergraduate studies. Students should enroll in 30 hours per academic year and maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA.


The deadline for National Merit Finalist to declare Texas Tech University as their college of choice is May 1.

Campus Visits for National Merit Scholars

One of the most important steps in the college selection process is to take a tour of the college or university of interest. We're happy to arrange personalized campus visit experiences for National Merit Semifinalists and National Merit Finalists upon request. Contact Mason Seyl to plan your visit.

Mason Seyl
National Merit Program Coordinator

Additional Consideration for National Merit Scholars

Are you a National Merit Scholar?

Let us know here.
I would like to learn more or schedule a campus visit.
Captcha Verification

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, this scholarship is awarded to qualifying students for 4 years at Texas Tech University, which can include graduate or law school.

Yes, the National Merit Scholarship does assist in covering study abroad trips in fall and spring semesters.

Each student is awarded half the cost of attendance in the fall and then half in the spring. Tuition, fees, room and board are deducted from the student's bill and then any remaining amount is refunded back to the student.

Yes, all National Merit Finalist receive automatic admission into the Texas Tech Honors College. Simply apply and notify Mason Seyl. Apply at honors.ttu.edu.