More than 120,000 students were in the competition.
The National Achievement Scholarship program announced the names of more than 800 high school seniors who won Achievement Scholarship awards for college undergraduate study, including two from the Mahoning Valley area.
These 800 black American students will receive a total of about $2.7 million in scholarships that may be used at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.
The Mahoning Valley-area winners include Aaron J. Pollack of Liberty High School, who received an Honorary Achievement Scholarship. The award indicates the student's educational plans or other awards preclude his getting a monetary scholarship. However, he is recognized because of his "outstanding performance in the competition."
The other Mahoning Valley-area winner is Kimberlee A. Johnson of Sharon High School, who received a National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship.
The National Achievement Program is a privately financed, academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented black American youths and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants in each annual competition. The program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance.
All students who advanced to the Finalist level in the 2005 competition were considered for the single-payment National Achievement $2,500 Scholarships, which were awarded on a regional representation basis in proportion to the population of black Americans in each geographic region.
More than 120,000 students requested consideration for the awards in the 2005 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2003 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as high school juniors.