Piscataway Teen Earns National Achievement Merit Scholarship

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STANDOUT SCHOLAR … Saheela Ibraheem of Piscataway has been selected as the winner of a National Achievement Scholarship and a $2,500 award. (Photo by Lifetouch Photography)

EDISON – Saheela Ibraheem of Piscataway, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, has been selected as the winner of a National Achievement Scholarship and a $2,500 award. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of some 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of some 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

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The National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented Black American youth, and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants in each annual competition.

More than 160,000 students entered the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship Program by requesting consideration when they took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as high school juniors. In September 2010, approximately 1,600 of the highest scorers were named semifinalists on a regional representation basis.

To continue in the competition, semifinalists had to fulfill requirements for finalist standing, which included having a record of consistently high academic performance; being endorsed and recommended by an official of their high school; earning SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance; and writing an essay.

From the semifinalist pool, some 1,300 students advanced to the finalist level, and all National Achievement Scholarship winners were selected from this group of outstanding students.

Achievement Scholar awardees are the finalist candidates judged to have the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.

A certificate for this award will be provided later this spring, when a presentation will be made to Saheela at the Senior Honors and Awards Ceremony on June 6.


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