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Two Duval County Public Schools Students Receive National Achievement Scholarships

Two Duval County Public Schools' seniors were among the names of 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship® awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

“These students have shown immense dedication and focus to their education and are inspirations to their peers,” said Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, Ed Pratt-Dannals. “This award signifies the commitment they have made to their school work, and I encourage both of them to continue striving to succeed in post-secondary education.”

These awards, totaling nearly $2 million dollars, are being financed by grants from approximately 30 corporate organizations and professional associations, and by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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 competition. The 2011 program marks 47 annual competitions in which more than 31,000 participants will have received scholarships for undergraduate study worth over $98 million. The program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance.

Achievement Scholar designees announced today include 700 recipients of National Achievement® $2,500 Scholarships. All students who advanced to the finalist level in the 2011 competition were considered for these single-payment scholarships, which were awarded on a regional representation basis, in proportion to the population of Black Americans in each geographic region.

About 100 Scholars are winners of corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarship awards. Winners were chosen from among finalists who meet the criteria of their grantor organizations. Most are residents of an area served by the sponsor, children of sponsor company employees, or finalists planning to pursue a college major or career the grantor wishes to encourage. Almost all corporate-sponsored scholarships are renewable and provide stipends that can vary from $500 to $10,000 per year, but a few provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

2011 National Achievement Scholarship Competition

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 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 of their high school; earning SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance;

and writing an essay.

From the semifinalist pool, some 1,300 advanced to the finalist level, and all National

Achievement Scholarship winners were selected from this group of outstanding students.

Achievement Scholar awardees are the finalist candidates judged to have the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.


Duval County Public Schools' Winners
Eric D. Erby, Stanton College Preparatory School
Nigel J. Wordfork, Stanton College Preparatory School

Duval County Public Schools operates 172 schools and serves approximately 123,000 students. The school district is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy, and culturally diverse world.


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