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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 850 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 approximately three weeks of their application being complete. We encourage National Scholars to apply to Barrett as soon as possible.

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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, 2020, and require applicants to be admitted to Barrett by February 28, 2020.
  • 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, 2020.
  • 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. The ASU priority date for FAFSA submission is January 15, 2020.

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 at ASU Downtown: Emily Hsu | barretthonorsemily@asu.edu | 602-496-0224
Barrett at ASU Polytechnic: Joshua Albin | Joshua.Albin@asu.edu | 480-727-1260
Barrett at ASU Tempe: Angela Carter | barretthonorsangela@asu.edu | 480-727-2721
Barrett at ASU West: Susan Estby | barretthonorssusan@asu.edu | 602-543-6632

Barrett Application

Barrett Application

All Barrett application deadlines for fall 2020 have passed.

The Barrett application for spring 2021 and fall 2021 will open in early September. Prospective students for spring 2021 and fall 2021 may apply to ASU in July and are encouraged to take advantage of an early university application.

The 2021 Barrett essay prompts are available on our FAQs page.