National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that four local outstanding
Black American high school seniors are among only 800 nationally who have won
Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Brittany R. Butler (Mt. Carmel High School, Poway Unified),
Harrison R. Collazo (Santa Fe Christian School), Nicole Marie Hardson-Hurley
(Mira Mesa High School, San Diego Unified), and Alexandra G. Shade (Patrick
Henry High School, San Diego Unified) each received a $2,500 National
Achievement Scholarship. The awards are financed by grants from 34 corporate
organizations and professional associations, and by National Merit Scholarship
The National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately
financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor
scholastically talented Black American youth and to provide scholarships to a
substantial number of the most outstanding participants in each annual
More than 160,000 students entered the 2013 National
Achievement Scholarship Program by requesting consideration in the competition
when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying
Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as high school juniors. In September 2012, approximately 1,600
of the highest scorers were named Semifinalists on a regional representation
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 from their
high school; earning SAT scores that confirmed their PSAT/NMSQT performance; and
writing an essay.
From the Semifinalist pool, some 1,300 advanced to the
Finalist level, and the 800 National Achievement Scholarship winners were
selected from this group of outstanding students.
awardees are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest record of
accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.
By the conclusion of the 2013 program, marking the 49th annual
competition, about 32,600 participants will have received scholarships for
undergraduate study worth more than $103 million. The program is conducted by
National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that
operates without government assistance.