Raven Cooler named scholarship semifinalist

Barnwell High student Raven P. Cooler is one of more than 1,600 black American high school seniors named a semifinalist in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States requested consideration in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region.
Cooler and the other scholastically talented young men and women now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship® awards worth more than $2.5 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a National Achievement Scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 80 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a one-time $2,500 Achievement Scholarship award based on their abilities, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, was initiated in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding program participants.