Jacobi B. Hines, a T.C. Williams student, is one of more than 1,600 African American high school seniors designated as a semifinalist in the 46th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The semifinalists can continue in the competition for the roughly 800 Achievement Scholarship awards, which will be distributed next spring.
All Achievement Scholar awardees will be selected from the pool of finalists on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the U.S. requested consideration in the 2010 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2008 Preliminary SAT, and semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up their geographic region.
Every finalist will compete for one of the 700 one-time National Achievement $2,500 Scholarships and corporate and business sponsors will underwrite about 100 Achievement Scholarship awards for finalists, with most being renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.