Program Recognizes Outstanding African-American Students Nationwide
April 6, 2011 – Four HISD seniors are among 800African American students nationally who have won Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. These national awards totaling more than $2 million dollars are financed by grants from about 30 corporations and professional associations and by National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Among the HISD winners are two Carnegie Vanguard High School seniors and two seniors who attend Lamar High School.
Carnegie Vanguard Senior Dicarlos Davis won a $2,500 scholarship underwritten by ExxonMobil. He plans to study engineering. Fellow Carnegie senior Elisabeth Massey, who plans to study medicine, won a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which also awarded a $2,500 scholarship to Lamar Senior Marcus Mitchell. He plans to study engineering. Another Lamar senior, Michael Tekie, won a scholarship form The Links, Inc., Houston Chapter. He plans to study engineering.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented Black American youth. More than 160,000 students entered the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship Program by requesting consideration when they took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as high school juniors. In September 2010, approximately 1,600 of the highest scorers were named semifinalists. To continue in the competition, semifinalists had to maintain a record of consistently high academic performance; be endorsed and recommended by an official of their high school; earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance; and write an essay. From the Semifinalist pool, some 1,300 advanced to the finalist level, and all National Achievement Scholarship winners were selected from that group of outstanding students.