ARLINGTON, VA — October 13, 2011 — Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) student Stephen R. Preston of Guam High School was recently named a Semi-finalist in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program (NASP).
Preston was one of more than 1,600 Black American high school seniors throughout the United States, to be designated a Semi-finalist in the 48th annual NASP.
The NASP has been held annually since 1964 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation. NASP is a privately financed academic competition that operates without government assistance. The scholarships provided this year will be supported by corporations, professional organizations, foundations and NMSC's private funds. To date, over 31,100 students have received Achievement Scholarship awards totalling more than $98 million.
Preston and 160,000 other high school juniors from across the U.S. became eligible for the 2012 NASP after taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Semi-finalists are designated within geographic regions and are the highest scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region.
To continue to the Finalist level of the competition, Semi-finalists must present a record of their high academic performance throughout their high school career, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that reflect their PSAT/NMSQT performance.
Semi-finalists will also have to work with one of their high school teachers to submit a detailed application and provide information about the student's school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and educational goals.
Finalists will be eligible to compete for two types of scholarships. The National Achievement $2500 Scholarship will be awarded on a regional representation basis. Corporate and business sponsors will also underwrite about 100 Achievement Scholarship awards for Finalists who meet certain criteria set by the grantor.
It is estimated that 1,300 of the 1,600 Semifinalists will advance to the Finalist level. Finalists will be notified in January 2012 if they are selected.
To learn more about the National Achievement Scholarship Program visit: www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality, public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Cuba, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.