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UCF is ranked among the top 30 colleges in the nation – 13th among public universities – and second in Florida for its number of enrolled National Merit Scholars. Our top-notch academic programs, competitive scholarship packages and exciting location attract some of the most talented and accomplished students from across the nation.

Packages and Benefits

Once you are named as a National Merit semifinalist, you will be considered for a scholarship upon admission to UCF. If you are a Florida resident, this is in addition to the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship.

If you advance to finalist status, and you designate UCF as you first choice by the deadline, you will receive an increased scholarship amount.

Out-of-state students are not eligible for Bright Futures, but we have other, additional scholarship opportunities available. These awards are also in addition to any state, federal or private funds for which you may be eligible.

National Merit Scholars and Semifinalists can also apply for special privileges at UCF, including:

Visiting the Campus

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The best way to learn about UCF’s campus and culture is to visit us. As a National Merit semifinalist, you can schedule your visit year-round Monday through Friday, except on holidays.

When you set up your visit, tell us who and what you would like to see. As a National Merit student, you can:

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We’re Here to Help

We know that the college admissions process can be a bit daunting. That’s why we work one-on-one with National Merit students and parents to answer questions and help determine if UCF is the right fit.

Your contact for the National Merit Scholarship Program is Luke van Blaricom. Feel free to contact Luke if you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit.

If you’d like to get the perspective of a current National Merit scholar, see our student section to read biographies of current UCF National Merit scholars.

Scholars Program Student Assistants

Each year, National Merit scholars from across the nation make the decision to join the UCF Knights family. With 316 National Merit students currently enrolled at UCF, you’re in good company. But don’t take our word for it. Our Scholars Program student assistants are happy to share their impressions of UCF with you. And when you visit campus, you’ll have the opportunity to meet one of these students and hear about their experiences firsthand.

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John Bal

john.bal@ucf.edu

Year
Senior
Hometown
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Major
Aerospace Engineering
Future Goals
Work for an aerospace company like SpaceX and help plan a mission to Mars.
Favorite Thing about UCF
I love The Burnett Honors College because it provides for learning in and outside of the classroom.

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Ben Feciura

benjamin.feciura@ucf.edu

Year
Junior
Hometown
Valrico, FL
Major
Statistics with a minor in Actuarial Science
Future Goals
Attend graduate school and ultimately find work as an actuary or with a big data company to help them make informed decisions using statistics.
Favorite Thing about UCF
The campus and the area around it make for a fantastic place to live – there’s a lot to do and get involved with.

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Sujena Koilpillai

Sujena.Koilpillai@ucf.edu

Year
Freshman
Hometown
Winter Haven, Florida
Major
Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Music (Burnett Medical Scholar)
Future Goals
Go to medical school, become a doctor, and possibly start my own pediatric practice.
Favorite Thing about UCF
I love the diverse opportunities available here. There are a wide variety of organizations that focus on various interests. Some of my favorites are health professions, performing arts, space exploration, service-dog training, and more!

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Alyssa Mickle

Alyssa.Mickle@ucf.edu

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Newport, North Carolina
Major
Biomedical Sciences and Mechanical Engineering (MEDD Program)
Future Goals
I hope to continue on to graduate school or medical school and ultimately pursue a career in medical research. I’m particularly interested in regenerative medicine and developing 3D-printing technology that will allow me to create synthetic organs.
Favorite Thing about UCF
I love how big UCF is, because the size means there’s always something on campus to do. Our location in Orlando also allows for frequent visits to the theme parks in my free time!

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Chase Sanford

Chase.Sanford@ucf.edu

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Ceres, California
Major
Economics
Future Goals
To go on to get my law degree, and become a constitutional lawyer.
Favorite Thing about UCF
In my experience, the faculty and staff have been incredibly helpful. The professors are more than willing to work with you and help you out, and everyone tries their best to make your experience here as easy and stress-free as possible.

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2019 National Merit Newsletter

Congratulations on being named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist! At the University of Central Florida, we recognize and reward your type of talent. Our National Merit Scholarship newsletter outlines opportunities available to you, provides answers to frequently asked questions, and gives you a checklist of things to do before classes start.

Read Our National Merit Scholar Newsletter