2015 Achievement Scholarship Semifinalist

Punahou Communications Staff

October 15, 2014

Punahou senior Paul John ’15 was identified as a Semifinalist in the 2015 Achievement Scholarship Program, a national academic competition. Established in 1964, the program historically honors “scholastically talented Black American high school students” and provides an opportunity for college scholarships for many of the participants in the annual competition.

"We're proud that Paul is receiving this well-deserved recognition. We hope that it launches him toward a bright future," said Paris Priore-Kim ’76. She and William Ouellette, the two Academy Deans for the senior class, also extended their congratulations to the 25 Semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. The two programs are similar in that they both recognize students’ test performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, taken in the fall of junior year.

Only 1,600 students nationwide qualified as Semifinalists in the National Achievement Program this year, and the number of individuals recognized varies by state depending on the percentage of African American students present. To be considered as a Finalist for a National Achievement Scholarship, students must demonstrate high academic performance, strong SAT scores, an endorsement by the principal, in addition to submitting additional written materials that show their extracurricular involvement.

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