For Immediate Release:
Oct. 12, 2012
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Two Seniors Named 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists
The National Achievement Scholarship Program announced that Wakefield High School’s Corey Grant and Washington-Lee High School’s Brandyn Toone have been named National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists. The students will join more than 1,600 Black American high school seniors who have been designated semifinalists in the 49th annual Achievement Scholarship competition.
More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States requested consideration in the 2013 National Achievement Program when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
To advance to the finalist level in the competition, semifinalists must present a record of high academic performance throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the PSAT/NMSQT performance.
These students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 700 scholarships worth over $2.5 million to be awarded next spring. The National Achievement Program, conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), is a privately-financed academic competition that operates without government assistance.
Approximately 1,600 semifinalists are expected to fulfill additional requirements and advance to the finalist level in the 2013 program. All National Achievement Scholars will be selected from the finalist group on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Scholarship winners will be announced in early April.