National Achievement Scholarship

Seven area African-American students earn $2,500 awards

Several central Ohio high school students won scholarships through the National Achievement Scholarship program this week.

According to a list released April 9 by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., seven central Ohio high school students each won $2,500 as part of $2 million in scholarships given to black students.

Local students who won scholarships are Dublin Coffman High School student William Maynard, Gahanna Lincoln High School student Kirstyn Thomas, New Albany High School student Ama Koranteng, Olentangy Orange High School student Sedina Dzodzomenyo, Pickerington High School Central student Aisha Sharif, Thomas Worthington High School student Ashley Forte and Worthington Kilbourne High School student Abby Hunt.

The awards are financed through grants from 31 corporate organizations and professional associations and by National Merit Scholarship Corp.

The National Achievement Scholarship program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented African-American teens.

Read individual stories in the April 17 edition of ThisWeek.