The four students were among 1,600 African-American students across the country who were named semifinalists in the initiative, which is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Students receive the designation based upon outstanding performance on the 2012 PSAT. These students will now compete for 800 Achievement Scholarships worth more than $2.5 million.
Semi-finalists must now meet several requirements to be named finalists. Roughly 80 percent of semi-finalists are expected to nab finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win an Achievement Scholarship award.
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