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South student designated national achievement semifinalist

November 08, 2012
Grosse Pointe South High School senior Lauren K. Phillips was designated a semifinalist in the 49th Annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. She advances for an opportunity at one or approximately 800 scholarships worth more than $2.5 million.

More than 160,000 high school juniors throughout the United States participated in the program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To advance as a finalist, semifinalists must present a record of high academic performance in high school, have an endorsement and recommendation from the school principal, write an essay and earn SAT scores confirming their PSAT/NMSQT performance. With a school official, semifinalists must also complete a detailed scholarship application providing information about participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership qualities and educational goals.

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Approximately 1,300 semifinalists advance to the finalist level, and all Achievement Scholar awardees are selected based on ability, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They compete for two types of scholarships: a National Achievement $2,500 scholarship awarded on a regional basis and Achievement Scholarships financed by corporate sponsors. There are about 700 National Achievement Scholarships and 100 Achievement Scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded April 2013.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is a privately financed academic competition that operates without government assistance. It started in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation and to provide scholarships to some of the most outstanding participants. To date, more than 31,900 men and women have received achievement awards worth more than $100 million.

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