April 4, 2012 - One student from Pitt County Schools, Courtney M. Hardy from D.H. Conley High School, was named a winner in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program recognizes black American high school seniors that show strong academic ability and potential for success in college studies.
Hardy is one of 800 students that won a scholarship. She will be receiving hers in the amount of $2,500. Her probable career field is hospital administration. There were 1,300 students in the running for these scholarships at the finalist level.
To compete for the scholarship, Hardy had to present several things: an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by her high school principal, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm her earlier performance on the qualifying exam.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. It is a privately financed academic competition that operates without government assistance. The National Achievement Scholarship was started to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation and to provide scholarships to the program’s most outstanding participants.