Walker '12 Named National Achievement Finalist
Bolles senior Alexandra Walker
has been named a National Achievement Scholarship Finalist. This marks the fifth consecutive year that at least one Bolles student has been named a National Achievement Finalist. Two Bolles students won the award in 2008 and one student won in 2009.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, “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 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and meeting other published requirements for participation.”
More than 160,000 students enter the National Achievement Program each year, with approximately 1,600 named Semifinalists, and 1,300 named Finalists. Beginning in late February, about 800 Finalists are notified that they have earned the National Achievement Scholarship. Selection of winners is based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments regardless of financial circumstances or college choice. A total of 700 National Achievement $2500 Scholarships are awarded, along with 100 corporate-sponsored awards for Finalists who plan to pursue particular college majors or careers, are children of their employees, or are residents of an area served by the sponsor.
Visit the National Merit website for more on the National Achievement program: