So, if a college offers merit scholarships to 25% of applicants, you should be in the top 25% of applicants as far as test scores and GPA. Scattergrams are a great way to assess how your GPA and test scores stack up. Research the specific scholarships. College merit scholarships can vary from college to college.
Selective Colleges Offering National Merit Scholarships. Out of the 1.6 million American teens who sit for the PSAT/NMSQT, only about 15,000 individuals will go on to be named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. These exceptional teens not only scored insanely well on the PSAT, but also bring an exceptional high school transcript to the table.