Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Students vie for scholarships

Twenty-one here named semifinalists for college money

By Michael D. Clark
Enquirer staff writer

Fairfield: William Copeland
Indian Hill: Lauren Copeland
Lakota West: Vanessa Riley, Humphrey Wireko
Mason: Jasmine Woodard
Milford: Jessica Ventus
Princeton: Renita Carter, Courtney Davis
Seven Hills School: Kerri Martin, Terri Martin
St. Ursula Academy: Lauren Evans
St. Xavier: Mezathio Takougang
Summit Country Day: Gabrielle Thompson
Sycamore: Brandon Mangieri
Ursuline Academy: Jane Coaston, Riana Manuel
Walnut Hills: Demetrius Colvin, Alicia King, Martin Malone, Jordan Stroud and Dominique Wilson
Nearly two dozen Greater Cincinnati African-American high school students are among 1,600 nationally in the running for National Achievement Scholarships.

This year's 800 college scholarships, which total $2.7 million, are part of an annual competition for black high school students that is privately funded through the National Merit Scholarship program.

Southwest Ohio had 21 student semifinalists from public and private high schools in 13 districts. Cincinnati's Walnut Hills High School had five semifinalists, more than any other area school.

"I was completely thrilled. It means that all my hard work has finally paid off," said Alicia King, a senior at Walnut Hills. She hopes to attend Boston University, where she would like to study mathematics education.

The winners will be announced in the spring.

The scholarships have helped more than 25,000 black students earn about $80 million in college aid during the annual competition's previous 40 years. Every finalist will be considered for one of 700 achievement scholarships of $2,500 each, and the top-performing 100 students will earn added scholarships funded by corporate sponsors.

More than 120,000 black high school juniors entered the 2005 contest by taking the 2003 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


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