Nineteen Northern Virginia students are among the 1,500 semifinalists in the 15th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which administers the program.

"Having identified these highly motivated and talented young people, the Achievement Program's efforts will be centered upon providing scholarships for as many as possible of the most outstanding among them," said L. C. McMillan, NMSC vice president.

To advance inthe Achievement Scholarship competition, the semifinalists must qualify as finalists by meeting a number of requirements. About 1,300 semifinalists are expected to becoem finalists and will compete for at least 575 Achievement Scholarships to be offered next spring.

The semifinalists are:

Alexandria - David Gerald Branch, St. Stephen's School, and Everett S. Ward, T.C. Williams High School; Arlington - Daryl Fleary, Yorktown High School; Burke - Julia A. Harrison, Lake Braddock Secondary School; Chantilly - jeri K. Somers, Chantilly Secondary School; Cumberland - Major McKinley Lewis, Cumberland High School; Falls Church - Janet C. Brown, J.E.B. Stuart High School; Herndon - Monique Moore, Herndon High School; Lynchburg - Victor O. Cardwell, Heritage High School; Manassas - Michael R. Dildy, Jackson Senior High School, and Clarissia L. Washington, Osbourn High School; McLean - Ingrid E. McDonald, Langley High School; Springfield - Ernest AUstin, Linda D. Harris, and Michael L. Phillips, West Springfield High School, and Woodbridge - Earl F. Cephas, Glenn F. Ivey and Steven A. Jackson, Gar-Field High School, and Andrew A. Thompson, Woodbridge Senior High School.