Eleven Orange County high school seniors are among 1,500 nationwide who have qualified as semifinalists in the 1994 National Achievement Scholarship Program for black Americans.
The semifinalists, selected from 90,000 black students according to their scores on the 1992 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Tests, will compete for about 800 scholarships worth a total of $3 million. The scholarships will be awarded next spring.
To become finalists, the students must have records of high academic performance throughout high school, be recommended by their school principals, score well on the SAT, and complete applications outlining their educational goals and participation in school and community activities.
About 1,200 students will be selected as finalists. They will compete for 400 scholarships worth $2,000 each and distributed on a geographical basis, and 200 more scholarships awarded by corporations and professional associations based on students’ individual interests. Colleges and universities will offer about 200 additional scholarships to students planning to attend their schools.
Orange County students named as semifinalists are Erik M. Burrell of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana; Ingrid L. Dombrower of Rosary High School in Fullerton; Jason S. Grams of Costa Mesa High School; Homer B. Keppert of Villa Park High School; Gabrielle Lamourelle of Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo; Elethea G. Locke of Marina High School in Huntington Beach; Adrian D. Rhodes of El Toro High School; Marjorie D. Terrell of La Habra High School; Mashawna M. Vernon of Pacifica High School in Garden Grove; Sachiko V. White of Brea-Olinda High School, and Demitrius A. Zeigler of University High School in Irvine.