6 Win Achievement Scholarships
Wheeler and Walton make a strong showing in the program for top black high school students.
The National Merit Scholarship Corp. today announced $2 million in awards for roughly 800 academically high-achieving black high school seniors across the country.
About 1,600 students earned semifinal status in the scholarship competition through their scores on the PSAT in fall 2010, then 1,300 advanced to be finalists based on recommendations, essays, SAT scores and class grades.
Of the roughly 800 winners, 700 are getting single-payment, $2,500 scholarships from National Merit, and about 100 who meet specific criteria are getting corporate-sponsored scholarships, usually worth $500 to $10,000 a year and renewable each year in college.
The winners who live in or attend school in East Cobb Patch’s coverage area:
- Avery W. Brown, who lives in Kennesaw but attends Wheeler and has a probable career field of business, received a UPS Foundation scholarship, awarded to the child of a UPS employee.
- Oluwatobi J. Akindoju, who attends Wheeler and listed a probable career field of medicine, received a $2,500 scholarship.
- Jonathan O. Ebhogiaye, who attends Walton and has a probable career field of economics, received a $2,500 scholarship.
- Amari J. El-Amin, who attends Wheeler and expects a career in environmental science or law, received a $2,500 scholarship.
- Kamaria A. Laing, who attends Walton and plans a career in law, received at $2,500 scholarship.
- Kylia A. Williams, who attends Holy Spirit Prep in Sandy Springs but lives in East Cobb and aims for a career in medicine, received a $2,500 scholarship.