Thomas Worthington High School senior Ashley Forte and Worthington Kilbourne senior Abby Hunt have been awarded National Achievement Scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
The program annually awards $2 million in scholarships to outstanding African-American students. Each scholarship is worth $2,500.
Forte will use her scholarship toward expenses at Princeton University, where she has chosen to attend. She will run track on the Princeton team.
She has a 4.44 GPA at Thomas, where she is treasurer of student council, is a member of the Calculus Society and is a mentor in the Kids for Cards program.
She qualified for the state finals in track last year. In the 2013-14 indoor track season, she placed second in Ohio.
Forte is the daughter of Kim Savon and Eric Forte.
Hunt is a senior at Kilbourne, where she has a 4.066 GPA.
She plays violin in the school orchestra and won the Arion Award for leadership in that group.
She ran track as a freshman and then lettered in boys volleyball as the statistician in her sophomore, junior and senior years.
Abby belongs to the National Honor Society and student council and volunteers at the Ohio Wildlife Center.
She won the student talent show in her junior and senior years for her singing talent.
She plans to attend Davidson College in North Carolina to student preveterinary medicine and music composition.
Hunt is the daughter of Laura and Chester Hunt.
Other central Ohio 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 and Pickerington High School Central student Aisha Sharif.