National Merit Lockheed Martin Academic Scholarship Program

Lockheed Martin Academic Scholarships for Employees' Children

This program awards 100 scholarships of $3,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study to National Merit Finalists and National Merit Special Scholars who are the children, stepchildren, adopted children, or domestic partner children of Lockheed Martin employees, as well as the grandchildren of employees who have legal guardianship. The annual Merit Scholarship competition is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), an independent, not-for-profit organization. All aspects of the selection of recipients and the administration of their awards are handled by NMSC.

The program'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.

Spring 2016 High School Graduates
High school juniors who will be completing or leaving high school and entering college in the fall of 2016 must have taken the PSAT/NMSQT on the date their school chose for the administration of the test in October 2014.* Students should have obtained a copy of the 2014 Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT from the high school counselor and made arrangements with the school to take the test. Afterwards, students generally receive their PSAT/NMSQT scores in the late December 2014/early January 2015 timeframe.  Students must also submit an online application by February 28, 2015, even if they have not yet received their PSAT/NMSQT scores, in order to be considered for a scholarship.

*NOTE: To request information about possible arrangements for alternate testing after the October 2014 PSAT/NMSQT administration, the student must write directly to NMSC (contact information below) no later than March 1, 2015.

Scores from the 2014 PSAT/NMSQT will be used as the initial screening of applicants in the 2016 National Merit Lockheed Martin Academic Scholarship Program. NMSC will begin notifying students in the fall of 2015 if they qualified among the applicant pool for the next phase of screening in the competition.  All eligible students moving on to the next phase of screening will be contacted by NMSC on or before Dec. 31, 2015, so that these students and their high school principals can complete a second application that includes biographical and academic information that must be filed with NMSC.  Further criteria for scholarship consideration will include meeting several academic and other requirements set by NMSC.  Only those entrants who advance to the next phase in the competition will be notified and receive these additional materials from NMSC.

Who is eligible?
Only students who are the children of current full-time and part-time employees (working 20 or more hours per week) of Lockheed Martin and its subsidiaries can compete for these scholarships. Eligible children include sons and daughters, stepchildren, adopted children, and the children of domestic partner parents, as well as grandchildren of employees who have legal guardianship.  All eligible children may apply for the scholarship program regardless of which parent claims them as dependents or where the children reside.

The parent must be an employee of Lockheed Martin at the time the awards are made in the spring of the student's senior year for their child to be eligible. Such students also must meet all requirements for participation in the Merit Program that are published in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Bulletin, 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).  *Students who plan to leave high school a year (or more) early to enroll in college full time should refer to the PSAT/NMSQT Student Bulletin (or contact NMSC) about when to take the test. A participant also must be a U.S. citizen; or, if not now a citizen, a permanent U.S. resident (or have applied for permanent residency) and be in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. The PSAT/NMSQT Student Bulletin 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.

How are recipients selected?
The scholarship program is a fixed award of 100 scholarships per year. In addition to National Merit Finalists, scholarships will be offered to "Special Scholars," who receive extremely high scores but did not qualify as Finalists in their state.

Scholarship recipients will be chosen on a competitive basis and without regard to family financial circumstances. An NMSC committee of professionals trained in selection will choose the recipients by evaluating several factors about each eligible candidate; these include academic record throughout high school, significant activities and contributions to the school and community, test scores, the school's recommendation of the candidate, and the student's essay about personal characteristics, activities, plans and goals. All recipients are notified directly by NMSC, prior to any public announcement.

What is the amount of the award?
Each Lockheed Martin Academic Scholarship stipend is $3,000 per year for up to four years of college undergraduate study or until baccalaureate degree requirements are completed, whichever occurs first. The recipient's annual stipend will not be affected by other scholarship aid or by an approved change in college.

What are the award terms and conditions?
The formal offer of a Lockheed Martin Academic Scholarship that NMSC sends to each recipient specifies terms for acceptance and continuation of the award. A recipient must enter college in the fall term following selection and must enroll as a full time undergraduate in a college or university in the United States that holds accredited status with a regional accrediting commission on higher education. (Scholarship stipends are not payable for attendance at service academies, virtual universities, and certain institutions that are limited in their purposes or training.) Also, the recipient must attend college during the day, enroll in a course of study leading to one of the traditional baccalaureate degrees, and remain in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Who manages the program?
The program is coordinated through the Corporate Community Relations office and all phases of the competition from selection of recipients to stipend payments are handled for Lockheed Martin by NMSC. Questions may be addressed to:

National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Educational Services
1560 Sherman Avenue, #200
Evanston, IL 60201-4897

(847) 866-5100