The National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students has announced that five students who attended suburban Virginia schools are among the 520 black high school seniors who are Achievement Scholarship recipients.
The were chosen from schools in 39 states, the District, U.S. Commonwealths and territories; and from overseas schools that enroll U.S. citizens.
Some of the winners received National Achievement $1,000 scholarships. These are one-time awards allocated by geographic regions to ensure that winners are representative of outstanding black students nationwide. Winners were selected by a committee of educators who evaluated finalists from each region and chose as winners students who appeared to be most promising, based on academic records, extracurricular accomplishments, self descriptions, test scores and school recommendations.
Others received corporate-sponsored, four-year Achievement Scholarships. Winners of these scholarships were chosen from black students who attained finalist standing in the Achievement Program and met preferential criteria specified by the organizations supporting the awards.
Northern Virginia winners of $1,000 scholarships are: Drew D. Jeter, of Warrention, from Jackson Senior High School in Manassas. James F. McCall, of Springfield, from Robert E. Lee High School; and Jonell L. McFadden, of Chantilly, a student at Chantilly Secondary School.
Northern Virginia winners of corporate-sponsored scholarships are: Crystal A. Coaxum, of Woodbridge, from Gar-Field Senior High School in Woodbridge (a Thomas J. Watson Memorial Achievement Scholarship from the International Business Machines Corp.); and James T. Taylor, of Springfield, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria (a Foremost-McKesson Achievement Scholarship).