Granbury High School senior Justin Kochis was named a semifinalist in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program during an announcement on Sept. 25 at GHS.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that Kochis was one of 1,600 Black American high schools seniors to receive the designation. These students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth about $2.5 million that will be offered next spring.
To be considered for the scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. This includes the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. About 80 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win an Achievement Scholarship award.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by NMSC, is a privately financed academic competition that operates without government assistance. It was initiated in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding program participants. To date, approximately 32,700 young men and women have received Achievement Scholarship awards worth about $103 million.
More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States entered the 2014 competition when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
National Achievement Scholarships provided in 2014 will be supported by corporations, professional organizations, foundations, and by NMSC’s own funds. Every finalist will compete for one of 700 one-time $2,500 scholarships awarded on a regional representation basis. In addition, corporate and business sponsors will underwrite about 100 other scholarships for finalists who meet criteria set by the grantor. Although some corporate-sponsored awards provide a single payment, most are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.
Kochis and classmate Rachael Rodgers were recently named commended students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program based on their PSAT scores.
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