The National Achievement Scholarship Program has announced the names of more than 1,600 Black American high school seniors who have been designated Semifinalists in the 43rd annual Achievement Scholarship® competition. These scholastically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards, worth some $2.5 million.
The National Achievement Program, conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), is a privately financed activity that operates without government assistance. It was initiated in 1964 to honor academically promising black youth throughout the nation and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants. To date, more than 27,000 young men and women have received Achievement Scholarship awards worth about $86 million.
Semifinalists must fulfill several additional requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. All Achievement Scholarship winners are selected from the Finalist group on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments, and potential for success in college. Approximately 1,300 Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing in the 2007 National Achievement Program, and some 800 will become Achievement Scholar® awardees.
Emmy Profio, a senior at Montgomery Catholic, is among eight local high school seniors named as National Achievement Semifinalists in the River Region for 2006-07. Emmy is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joe Profio. At school, Emmy is a very active member of the school newspaper staff and has been a cast member of the school musicals for the past two years.
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