FairTest (National Center for Fair and Open Testing) has also voiced concerns about the level of transparency in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's selection process. In February 2010, it issued an announcement stating the following: "The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which runs the country’s most prestigious tuition aid competition, is trying to block internet posting of state-by-state test score requirements for its awards." FairTest , however, has been criticized for its lack of credentials, unnamed sources of funding, and generalized claims associated with standardized exams.  Additional criticism exists in that the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) does not publish information regarding scholarship winners by year by state.
The problem is that these schools are generally not the same schools everyone wants to attend. In fact, very few of the most competitive colleges and universities sponsor National Merit Scholarships. That doesn’t mean these schools don’t have National Merit Scholars. In 2015, Stanford enrolled 176, Harvard 209, and Yale 166. None of these students received National Merit Scholarships to attend these schools . These schools just don’t have offer money as an incentive to attend. (See which schools in your state sponsor the most National Merit Scholarships. )