Overview: Each student has the potential to develop areas of merit which may qualify for private and institutional scholarships. While scholarships based on athletic merit are the widely publicized, scholarships based on academic merit (i.e., grades, test scores, and class rank) can represent the most direct pathway to a full scholarship. Colleges may offer full scholarships to valedictorians and salutatorians, or to students based on their ACT or SAT scores. Other areas which may result in generous scholarship offers, may include dance, music, art, theatre, leadership, and service. While athletic scholarships, the most widely publicized form of merit-based aid, are covered on page 122 of the pre-reading, expanding your college and scholarship opportunities requires focusing your college and scholarship research around the areas of your greatest meritorious achievement.