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Foundation Merit Award

The Foundation Merit Award is a Scholarship sponsored by Southern Illinois University.

Award Information:

Amount of Scholarship: Minimum: $1500, Maximum: $3000
Application Deadline: 1-Feb
Requirements: Applicant must be a National Merit finalist or semifinalist.
Eligibility: College freshman

Sponsorship provided by:

Southern Illinois University
Financial Aid Office, Mailcode 4702, Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901
Email Address:
Phone Number: 618 536 4405
Fax Number: 618 453 3250

You can find out more by contacting:

Terri Williams
Academic Scholarship Coordinator
New Student Admission Services
Carbondale, IL 62901-4710

It is important to check out the background of the scholarship. Getting the greatest odds of obtaining money comes from initially researching the prerequisites and knowing if you fulfill them. Before you even begin, seek to understand the driving force for the Southern Illinois University and their reason for offering the Foundation Merit Award. Once that is done, you should determine if you have a decent shot to obtain the scholarship. If you think that there is a good chance of actually being awarded the Foundation Merit Award, then it is worth it to use your time.

One critical part of working toward obtaining the scholarship is paying close attention to the application. Some forms are time consuming and tiresome, but you shouldn't underestimate how important it is that you fill out the application accurately and thoroughly. Avoid mistakes that might make you get passed over because of some minor point.

Once the application is sent off, figure out the timeframe regarding when the Foundation Merit Award confers the award and distributes the resources in order to stay informed about if it is possible to count on the scholarship to provide additional support for the expenses associated with school and how it will help you out, since there might be constraints on how you can use the Foundation Merit Award. Recently it has become more burdensome to be able to take care of all of your financial needs, and getting the Foundation Merit Award to help with your financial aid can be a huge help. If you don't end up getting the Foundation Merit Award, keep at it, there will be alternative scholarships and your persistence may be rewarded.

Last Updated: 12/18/2015


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