Students Earn National Achievement Scholarships

Tue, 04/15/2008 - 3:33pm
By: The Citizen

Three Fayette students are among the 28,700 winners nationwide receiving scholarships through the 2008 National Achievement Scholarship Program, a competition for African American high school students.

Rori E. Spivey of Sandy Creek High, Oluwamayowa Amosu of Starr’s Mill High and Jetaime Y. Lewis of Starr’s Mill High are each the recipients of a $2,500, single payment, National Achievement Scholarship. These scholarships were awarded to 700 students nationwide and can be used for undergraduate study at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

More than 140,000 students entered the 2008 National Achievement Program by requesting consideration when they took the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as high school juniors. In September 2007, 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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