Two Northridge youths are among 546 outstanding black students nationwide who won awards for college undergraduate study in the 1989 Achievement Scholarship competition of the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
Alexis Toomer, a student at the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, was one of 350 students who won achievement scholarships of $2,000, in addition to another scholarship financed by Arco Foundation.
Paul W. Magwene of Loyola High School, Los Angeles, won a scholarship sponsored by Lever Brothers.
Toomer and Magwene are among about 90,000 black students who asked to be considered for the achievement program and among 1,200 finalists in the competition.
Toomer, who is interested in a career in music, was president of her senior and sophomore classes and vice president of her junior class. She was a member of the varsity girls tennis team, the varsity pep squad and the math club; toured the Soviet Union in the cast of the musical “Peace Child,” and won a book award from Yale University, where she has been accepted for early attendance.
Magwene is preparing for a career in electrical engineering. He plays bass guitar in the Loyola High School Pep Band and is president of the role-playing club. He has been active in political, intramural sports and religious activities at school.
The corporate-sponsored scholarships are worth from $500 to $8,000 a year.