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High school seniors who have been named a National Merit Finalist or National Hispanic Scholar receive unique merit scholarships at Arizona State University. Though these awards are granted through the ASU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (not through Barrett), there are currently more than 700 National Scholars who have chosen to attend ASU and also pursue the personalized experience of Barrett, The Honors College. Graduates of Barrett continue onto some of the best medical and dental schools, law schools, graduate programs, and employment opportunities following the completion of their degrees.

Prospective students should apply to Barrett, The Honors College, once they have submitted an application to Arizona State University and received their ASURITE ID and password. Beginning in early October, National Merit Semi-Finalists, National Merit Finalists, and National Hispanic Scholars will receive an expedited review of their Barrett application, receiving a decision within 2-3 weeks of their application being complete. We encourage National Scholars to apply to Barrett as soon as possible.

National Scholars at ASU are eligible to apply for the Grady and Katherine Gammage Scholarship. Please click here for additional information.

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National Merit

National Merit

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization. The NMSC conducts the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. High school seniors who are named National Merit Finalists in this program receive an excellent merit scholarship at Arizona State University in recognition of their outstanding scholastic achievements. Large numbers of National Merit Finalists choose to attend Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. Scroll down this page to explore the special Student Experience Day visit opportunity made available to National Scholars.

National Merit Semi-Finalists who are admitted to ASU with an official SAT or ACT score on file with the university will receive a placeholder New American University Scholar award (such as a President's, Provost's, or Dean's scholarship). This placeholder award will be upgraded to the New American University Scholar – National Merit award once the following conditions have been met:

  • The student has moved from National Merit Semi-Finalist status to National Merit Finalist status with the NMSC.
  • The student lists Arizona State University as his or her first choice school with the NMSC by the NMSC’s posted deadline.
  • The student has been admitted to Arizona State University.

There is no additional application process for this award, and renewal criteria can be found at https://students.asu.edu/scholarships/renewal. To receive the research and travel stipends associated with the New American University Scholar – National Merit award, the student must also be admitted to and enroll in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.

National Hispanic

National Hispanic

The College Board, a mission-driven not-for-profit organization, identifies academically outstanding high school students through their National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). The students who are named National Hispanic Scholars through the NHRP receive an excellent merit scholarship at Arizona State University in recognition of their scholastic achievements. Large numbers of National Hispanic Scholars choose to attend Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. Scroll down this page to explore the special Student Experience Day visit opportunity made available to National Scholars.

National Hispanic Scholars who are admitted to ASU will receive the New American University Scholar – National Scholar award. If a student has been offered any other New American University Scholar award (such as a President's, Provost's, Dean's, or University scholarship) before ASU received their National Hispanic Scholar designation, the New American University Scholar – National Scholar award will replace it.

There is no additional application process for this award, and renewal criteria can be found at https://students.asu.edu/scholarships/renewal. To receive the research and travel stipends associated with the New American University Scholar – National Scholar award, the student must also be admitted to and enroll in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

National Scholars can apply for additional scholarships and financial aid to help cover the remaining cost of attendance. This list is meant to provide suggestions of additional funding options and is by no means comprehensive. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships as early as possible since many ASU and Barrett scholarships close in February.

  • ASU’s scholarship portalSpecific criteria can be set to narrow the search if desired. This is a dynamic list, so keep an eye on it for additions throughout the year.
  • Barrett scholarships: Most of these scholarships close on February 1 and require applicants to be admitted to Barrett by February 22.
  • Grady and Kathryn Gammage Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship requires applicants to be National Merit Semi-Finalists, National Merit Finalists, or National Hispanic Scholars and closes on February 1.
  • Departmental scholarships: Many colleges and departments within ASU offer scholarships for specific majors.
  • Complete the FAFSA: The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 of each year. Some merit- or need-based scholarships require a current FAFSA to be on file with ASU. It is a good idea to complete this each year, even if you think your family’s income may not result in aid.

Student Experience Day visit program

Student Experience Day visit program

National Scholars are encouraged to enjoy a personalized visit by scheduling a Student Experience Day. Barrett staff will create a special visit just for you, which can include:

  • Meeting with a Barrett dean
  • Meeting with a Barrett enrollment services staff member
  • Taking a tour of any of the four ASU campuses, as well as a tour of the Barrett facilities
  • Learning about The Human Event class (freshman honors seminar)
  • Meeting with a representative of your intended major
  • Having lunch with current Barrett students and other visitors

An overnight stay with a Barrett student ambassador is also encouraged to get the full Barrett living experience. Student Experience Day visits require at least two weeks prior notification via formal registration with a recruiter.

For more information about scheduling a Student Experience Day visit, please contact the Barrett recruiter at the ASU campus of your intended major. (If you are unsure of the campus of your intended major, please conduct an undergraduate degree search here.)

Barrett Downtown

Barrett Polytechnic

Barrett Tempe

Barrett West

Emily Hsu
Emily.Hsu@asu.edu
602-496-0224

Rebecca Folk
Rebecca.Folk@asu.edu
480-727-1260

Rita McGlynn
Rita.McGlynn@asu.edu
480-727-4172

Susan Estby
Susan.Estby@asu.edu
602-543-6632

Barrett Application

Barrett Application

Before starting a Barrett application, national scholars must first submit an ASU application. Upon submitting an ASU application, students can begin a Barrett application via the link below. Students do not need to wait for ASU admission to start their Barrett application.

National scholars are not reviewed via the standard deadline schedule. Instead, their Barrett applications are considered on a rolling basis, and national scholars are encouraged to have their materials submitted as early as possible. Decisions are generally released within 2-3 weeks from when the Barrett application is complete.