CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ A Wheeling Park High School senior is among more than 800 students nationwide to be named a 2008 National Achievement Scholarship winner and share in more than $2.6 million in scholarship money. Aaron T. Hutchins of Wheeling will receive $2,500 from the program.
The National Achievement Program, a privately funded academic competition, started in 1964 to honor scholastically talented black youths throughout the nation and provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants. The program is conducted by the nonprofit National Merit Scholarship Corp. Over the years, more than 28,700 Black American students have received scholarships worth approximately $91 million.
About 140,000 students entered the 2008 National Achievement Scholarship Competition, with about 1,300 advancing to the finals. All scholarship winners were selected from the finalist group based on their abilities, accomplishments and potential for academic success in college.
For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.