The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced the names of about 800 outstanding black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
These awards, totaling more than $2 million, are financed by grants from 34 corporate organizations and professional associations and by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
The Achievement Scholar designees include 700 recipients of National Achievement $2,500 Scholarships. All students who advanced to the finalist level in the 2013 competition were considered for these single-payment scholarships, which were awarded on a regional representation basis in proportion to the population of black Americans in each geographic region.
About 100 scholars are winners of corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarship Awards.
These winners were selected from finalists who met the specific criteria of their grantor organizations. Most are residents of an area served by the sponsor, children of the organization’s employees or finalists planning to pursue a college major or career the sponsor wishes to encourage.
Almost all corporate-sponsored scholarships are renewable and provide stipends that can vary from $500 to $10,000 per year, but a few provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.
Area winners include:
Courtland D. Sutton, Mount Pleasant, Academic Magnet High School, National Achievement Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Memorial Scholarship.
Menshian A. George, Ridgeville, South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship.