The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced this years Achievement Scholarship winners.
The Achievement Scholarship honors black students who have shown consistently high academic performance, received endorsements from their high schools and earned exceptionally high scores on the PSAT and the SAT.
Each of the about 700 Achievement Scholarship winners nationwide receives $2,500 for college.
Achievement Scholarship winners in the area include:
Sadie Bennett of Raleigh attends Raleigh Charter High School; Dominique Brown of Raleigh attends homeschool; Sydney Brown of Durham attends Hillside High School in Durham; Jeliyah Clark of Morrisville attends Hillside New Tech High School in Durham; Jennah Jones of Chapel Hill attends East Chapel Hill High School; Mmerobasi Kanu of Raleigh attends Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh; Nicola Paul of Raleigh attends Leesville Road High School in Raleigh; Breia White of Raleigh attends Garner Magnet High School in Garner; Megan Wicks of Fayetteville attends the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham; Amon Williams of Carrboro attends Carrboro High School; David Yeyeodu of Chapel Hill attends Jordan High School in Durham.
About 100 students across the nation were winners of corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarship awards.
The awards, most of which come with annual stipends ranging from $500 to $10,000, are sponsored by various companies who select recipients from the pool of scholarship finalists.
The companies choose from students who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves or plan to pursue careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.
Ojimaojo Agada of Cary, who attends Green Hope High School in Cary, received the National Achievement Reynolds American Foundation Scholarship; Kobi Felton of Cary, who attends the American International School in Lagos, Nigeria, received the National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship underwritten by The Xerox Foundation; Alexis Williams of Cary, who attends Cary Academy, received the National Achievement Reynolds American Foundation Scholarship.