The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced the names of African-American high school seniors who are semifinalists in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
The students now are able to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarships worth more than $2.5 million that will be offered in the spring.
Local students who are semifinalists include Phillip Harmon, of Mount Carmel High School in Chicago; Edith Boiquaye, Taylor Byas, Aaron Hudson, Cameron Lewis and Fauve Liggans-Hubbard, all from Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, and Tori Jones, Lauren Roby and Kaylah Sosa, of Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor.
More than 160,000 high school juniors from across the country requested consideration in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merti Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are chosen within geographic areas and are the highest-scoring entrants in their states.
To advance to the finals, the semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, provide information on the student's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership ability and educational goals.
Semifinalists must achieve high academic performance in high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test performance.