National Merit Scholarship Program


St. Olaf is proud to sponsor scholarships for National Merit Finalists, and National Hispanic Scholars.  More than 1.5 million students enter the annual competition for these scholarships by taking the PSAT/NMSQT in their junior year.  Less than 1% advance to finalist status and St. Olaf is pleased to recognize the academic talents of these students with a merit scholarship.

The St. Olaf National Merit Scholarship award is valued up to $2,000 per year.

St. Olaf’s academic rigor and motivated student body make it a good match for National Merit Scholars.  St. Olaf routinely enrolls 20-40 Scholars in each class.  A listing of how many Scholars enrolled at various colleges and universities this year is available on the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s website –  Look for the most recent Annual Report.


Questions regarding the procedures and deadlines of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) can be directed  to NMSC at 1-847-866-5100 or

Questions regarding the St. Olaf scholarships can be directed to Steve Lindley at 507-786-3521 or