Central, Howard Seniors Receive National Merit, National Achievement Awards | Best Of
The National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Achievement Scholarship Program are programs of academic competition for both recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
The National Merit Scholarship Program notifies schools in September if their students have qualified as either a Commended Scholar or a Semifinalist. In order for Semifinalists to move forward they must meet high academic requirements. Each year about 15,000 students out of 1.5 million go on to become Finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students were notified in February if they had been selected as a Finalist. Winners of the National Merit Scholarship are chosen from the group of Finalists based on abilities, skills and accomplishments without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. Bibb County’s National Merit Finalists - Central High School seniors Same Duke, Caroline Martin and Darby Mowell; and Howard High School senior Teva Ilan - have been named 2014 recipients of the National Merit Scholarship Award.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding black American high school students. Black students may enter both the National Achievement Program and the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. About 1,600 high-scoring participants in each year’s National Achievement Scholarship Program are designated Semifinalists, and of those, 1,300 are selected as Finalists and 800 receive scholarships through the National Achievement Program. Both of Bibb County’s National Achievement Scholarship Finalists - Central High School senior Kelton Ellis and Howard High School senior Jeremiah Smith - have been named 2014 recipients of the National Achievement Scholarship Award.