National Merit Scholarship Programs

Marquette guarantees the full $2,000 National Merit Award* to all National Merit Finalists who have registered Marquette as their first-choice college with the National Merit Scholarship Corp. during PSAT registration.

The steps

  1. Apply for admission to Marquette University.
  2. Become a National Merit Scholar.
  3. Indicate Marquette as your first-choice school on the National Merit Scholar form.
  4. Receive the scholarship upon enrolling at Marquette.

The National Merit Finalist scholarship is additive to any other Marquette-sponsored scholarship. It is possible to exceed full tuition with this scholarship award.

Scholarship information


Award amount

  • $2,000 renewable scholarship*


  • Not applicable

Selection guidelines

  • All National Merit finalists who indicate Marquette as their first choice receive the award.

How do I know if I am a National Merit Scholar?

If you've taken the PSAT examination, you will be notified by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. if you qualify for the award. Only finalists are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship from Marquette.

Special note

Some National Merit Scholarship awards are corporate sponsored. Corporate-sponsored scholarships less than $2,000 will have the difference supplemented with Marquette scholarship award money for a total of $2,000. Corporate-sponsored scholarships of $2,000 or more will not have additional university funds awarded until such time as a corporate-sponsored award is exhausted. Once sponsored funds have been used, the student will receive award money from Marquette for a total of $2,000.