A dozen local black seniors are among more than 1,600 high school students who have been designated semifinalists in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
They now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 achievement scholarship awards worth about $2.5 million next spring.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corp., is a privately financed academic competition that operates without government assistance. It was initiated in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation. Approximately 32,700 young men and women have received scholarships worth about $103 million.
In Indiana, the students are Calvin Sanders, Munster High School, and Jacob D. Wierman, Valparaiso High School.
In Illinois, the students are Kyron Elam, Chioma Ndukwe, Drew Robinson, Taylor Walker and Michael Willis, all from Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights. Also, Kyra Caldwell, Kayla Griffith, Kristina Hill, Mary Rodgers and Victor Rounds, all from Homewood - Flossmoor Community High School in Flossmoor.