This scholarship program was established by the Armstrong Foundation for sons and daughters of Armstrong World Industries employees. The annual competition is conducted through the National Merit Scholarship Program by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), an independent, not-for-profit organization. NMSC's purposes are (1) to identify and honor exceptionally able high school students and (2) to provide a system of services for corporations, foundations, and other organizations that wish to sponsor college undergraduate scholarships for outstanding students who interest them. All aspects of the selection of winners and the administration of their awards are handled by NMSC.
Only high school students who are sons and daughters of regular full-time and regular part-time U.S. employees, expatriates, or retirees of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. or its domestic subsidiaries can compete for these scholarships. Such students also must meet all requirements for participation in the National Merit Scholarship Program that are published in the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT®, which is updated annually and distributed to students through their high schools.
To participate in the program, students must take the qualifying test, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during the proper high school year. In general, students who spend the usual four years in grades 9 through 12 must take the PSAT/NMSQT when they are in their third year (grade 11/junior year). A participant also must be a citizen of the United States, or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law. The Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT explains these and other requirements for the competition, gives detailed information about the test (including sample questions and a complete practice test), and describes the scholarship programs NMSC administers.
* Students who plan to leave high school a year (or more) early to enroll in college full time should refer to the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT (or contact NMSC) about when to take the test.
$2,500 per year for up to four years or until baccalaureate degree requirements are completed, whichever occurs first
The scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of scholastic aptitude, leadership, and good citizenship as determined by testing and other procedures established by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in March 2018.
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