Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Students Earn National Achievement Scholarships

Five students from Fayette County High, Sandy Creek High, Starr’s Mill High, and Whitewater High are among 700 nationwide receiving National Achievement Scholarships through the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship Program, a competition for African American high school students.

Onyekwere Eke and Linsey Jackson, both from Fayette County High; Camara Carter, Sandy Creek High; Elana Burton, Starr’s Mill High; and Kevone Hospedales, Whitewater High, are all recipients of a $2,500, single payment scholarship. The students plan to use their scholarship to fund their education in the following areas: Onyekwere plans to major in computer science, Linsey’s probable major is chemical engineering, Camara is looking into veterinary medicine, Elana is leaning toward international business, and Kevone is planning a career in software engineering.

More than 160,000 students entered the 2011 National Achievement Program by requesting consideration when they took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as high school juniors. In September 2010, approximately 1,600 of the highest scorers were named semifinalists on a regional basis. To continue in the competition, semifinalists had to fulfill requirements for finalist standing, which included having a record of consistently high academic performance, being endorsed and recommended by an official of their high school, earning SAT scores that confirm the PSAT/NMSQT performance and submitting an essay about personal interests, attainments and goals.

Approximately 1,300 semifinalists advanced to the finalist level. Achievement Scholar awardees are the finalist candidates judged to have the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for college academic success.

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