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Students Named Semifinalists in National Achievement Program

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Congratulations to the 17 Broward County Public Schools African American high school seniors who are Semifinalists in the 51st annual National Achievement Scholarship Program announced today by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) officials. These scholastically talented young men and women now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship® awards worth about $2.5 million being offered next spring. More than 1,600 high school seniors throughout the country are Semifinalists.
To be considered for a National Achievement Scholarship, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 80 percent of Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win an Achievement Scholarship award.
From the approximately 1,600 Semifinalists, about 1,300 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in January they will be notified of this designation. All Achievement Scholar® awardees will be selected from the Finalist group on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
“We are extremely proud of our academically talented students and the work they’re doing to earn this achievement,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We are continuing to encourage and support them every step of the way as they compete for National Achievement Scholarships.”
National Achievement Scholarships provided in 2015 will be supported by corporations, professional organizations, foundations and by NMSC’s own funds. Two types of scholarships will be offered. Every Finalist will compete for one of the 700 one-time National Achievement® $2,500 Scholarships, which will be awarded on a regional representation basis. In addition, corporate and business sponsors will underwrite about 100 Achievement Scholarship awards for Finalists who meet criteria set by the grantor. Although some corporate-sponsored awards provide a single payment, most are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study. Scholarship winners will be announced in early April 2015.

2015 National Achievement Program Semifinalists
Atlantic Technical High School, Margate  
Willitz Osias
College Academy @ Broward College, Davie
Taylor A. Lindsay
Bankole Olowofela
Deerfield Beach High School, Deerfield Beach
Bryan Anderson
Stephen A. Chang
Flanagan High School, Pembroke Pines
Christian A. Lawson
Nii Amoo Quaye
Miramar High School, Miramar
Nia M. Carter
Jordan L. Thelmas
Piper High School, Sunrise
Kahill Farquharson
Plantation High School, Plantation
Janine M. Comrie
South Plantation High School, Plantation
Sianne M. Powe
Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
Kaela M. Bynoe
West Broward High School, Pembroke Pines
Brittany C. Aiello
Iyanu O. Corniel
Arnold Lestin
Virginia Roa
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