Twenty-three Fulton County seniors, including four from Milton High School, have all been named semifinalists in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
The program, which is an academic competition for African-American high school students, is administered by National Merit Corporation., an organization that recognizes and awards scholarships to academically gifted students.
Students from Milton were Devon M. Artis, Arianna M. Brown, Brenna C. Fromayan and Emma-Clement Welsh.
Students are identified through exceptionally high schools on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which they took while they were juniors.
As semifinalists, the students now must fulfill several requirements in order to advance to the finalist round: a record of high academic performance, be endorsed and recommended by their school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance.
An application, which includes a student’s self-descriptive essay and information about his or her participation and leadership in school and community activities, is also required to be submitted.
About 1,300 finalists will be named in January, and of these, 800 overall winners will be chosen for $2,500 scholarships from the organization. About $2.5 million scholarship funds will be awarded nationwide.