Since 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program has helped high school students pay for higher education. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which also screens million college entrants each year. To enter, students must be planning to enroll in full-time college no later than the fall following high school completion. Student applicants must be US citizens, lawful permanent residents or intend to become US citizens. Approximately 50,000 of million entrants will quality with 15,000 finalists chosen. Semifinalists and finalists have the higher PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores and meet high academic standards. Finalists are notified in February by mail at their home addresses. To find out more, visit /.
The NSA intercepts telephone and Internet communications of over a billion people worldwide, seeking information on foreign politics, military developments, terrorist activity, pertinet economic developments,  and "commercial secrets".  A dedicated unit of the NSA locates targets for the CIA for extrajudicial assassination in the Middle East.  The NSA has also spied extensively on the European Union, the United Nations and numerous governments including allies and trading partners in Europe, South America and Asia.