Texas Tech University

National Merit 

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 April Hollingsworth

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 $6,694
MEALS $3,652
Books & Supplies $1,200
Transportation $2,384
Miscellaneous $2,000
Annual Total $27,782

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.

Qualifying students should make their designation no later than May 31, 2022 to the National Merit Corporation to maximize eligibility. 

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.

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Campus Visits

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 April Hollingsworth to plan your visit.

April Hollingsworth
National Merit Program Coordinator

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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.

Our deadline is May 31. To do so, log in and select Texas Tech University as your college choice at www.nationalmerit.org.

All National Merit Finalists must submit an application for admission to the Honors College and admission is not guaranteed. For more information and do apply, visit honors.ttu.edu>.