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High school seniors who have been named a National Merit Finalist or College Board National Recognition Program recipient 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 800 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 College Board National Recognition Program recipients will be given 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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Arizona National Scholars

Arizona National Scholars

High school seniors who are named National Merit Finalists through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) or named College Board National Recognition awardees (African American, Hispanic, Indigenous, or Rural & Small Town scholar designations) receive an excellent merit scholarship at Arizona State University in recognition of their outstanding scholastic achievements. Large numbers of National Scholars choose to attend Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.

College Board National Recognition Program awardees automatically receive the New American University - National Scholar award upon admission to ASU with no additional action needed.

Special note for National Merit Semi-Finalists & Finalists: National Merit Semi-Finalists or Finalists who are admitted to ASU will receive a placeholder New American University award (such as a President's, Provost's, or Dean's scholarship). This placeholder award will be upgraded to the New American University - National Scholar 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, and has followed all steps outlined by the NMSC to accept their Finalist award.
  • 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.

Renewal criteria for the award can be found at https://students.asu.edu/scholarships/renewal. To receive the research and travel stipends associated with the New American University - National Scholar award, the student must also be admitted to and enroll in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.

Non-Resident National Scholars

Non-Resident National Scholars

High school seniors who are named National Merit Finalists through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) or named College Board National Recognition awardees (African American, Hispanic, Indigenous, or Rural & Small Town scholar designations) receive the New American University merit award at ASU. Use ASU’s scholarship estimator tool to see scholarship criteria and details.

Renewal criteria for the award can be found at https://students.asu.edu/scholarships/renewal. To receive the research and travel stipends associated with the the National Merit Finalist and College Board National Recognition Program recipient designations, 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, 2022, and require applicants to be admitted to Barrett by March 11, 2022.
  • Grady and Kathryn Gammage Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship requires applicants to be National Merit Semi-Finalists, National Merit Finalists, or College Board National Recognition Program recipients and closes on February 1, 2022.
  • 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 each year.

Student Experience Day Virtual Visit Program

Student Experience Day Virtual Visit Program

We have a unique set of virtual opportunities just for National Scholars to explore the Barrett Honors College experience at Arizona State University. Find details and registration links at https://visit.asu.edu/scholar-experience.

If you want to visit Barrett at the ASU campus of your major in person, you can schedule a visit through our website, or you can reach out to the Barrett recruiter at your campus.

Barrett at ASU Downtown: Emily Hsu | barretthonorsemily@asu.edu | 602-496-0224
Barrett at ASU Polytechnic: Tara Golba | barretthonorstara@asu.edu | 480-727-1481
Barrett at ASU Tempe: Michael Velazquez | barretthonorsmichael@asu.edu | 480-965-9348
Barrett at ASU West: Susan Estby | barretthonorssusan@asu.edu | 602-543-6632

National Scholar Guide

National Scholar Guide

National Scholar Guide (PDF)

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. Decisions are released within approximately three weeks from when the Barrett application is complete. Barrett encourages National Scholars to submit a complete application as early as possible to be eligible for Barrett scholarship consideration.

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