Seven HISD Seniors Awarded National Achievement Scholarships

Ten percent of Texas winners are from HISD

April 10, 2013 – Seven Houston Independent School District students have been named National Achievement Scholarship winners and will each receive a $2,500 scholarship for their undergraduate studies.

Each year the National Merit Scholarship Corporation awards scholarships to African-American students who have excelled in academics and have demonstrated the potential for academic success in college.

From L to R: DeBakey High School students Rachel Adenekan, Nathalie Meremikwu, Acara Turner and Malcolm Lizzappi

From L to R: DeBakey High School students Rachel Adenekan, Nathalie Meremikwu, Acara Turner and Malcolm Lizzappi

This year approximately 800 students were awarded scholarships totaling over $2 million dollars. Nearly 70 of those students are from Texas including seven seniors from three HISD schools.

  • Rachel A. Adenekan – DeBakey High School for Health Professions
  • Bianca R. Draud – Westside High School
  • Salem B. Hadgu – Bellaire High School
  • Malcolm C. Lizzappi – DeBakey High School for Health Professions
  • Nathalie C. Meremikwu – DeBakey High School for Health Professions
  • Lonnie A. Smith – Bellaire High School
  • Acara E. Turner – DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Westside student Bianca Druad

Westside student Bianca Druad

Nationally, more than 160,000 students applied for the 2013 National Achievement Scholarships, which were awarded based on several criteria, including a consistent record of academic excellence. To be considered for this scholarship, the candidates had to be recommended by a high school official, earn SAT scores that confirmed their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores, and write an essay.

Bellaire students Lonnie Smith and Salem Hagdu

Bellaire students Lonnie Smith and Salem Hagdu

The National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented African-American students who have achieved exceptional academic success. This is the 49th year for the National Achievement Scholarships, and as a result of the program, about 32,600 students have received scholarships worth more than $103 million dollars.