Freda (Ama) Idun, a senior at Lee’s Summit High School, is among 1,600 students recently named semifinalists in the 50th annual Achievement Scholarship competition, according to officials at the National Achievement Scholarship Program. These scholastically talented high-school seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 scholarships worth more than $2.5 million to be awarded next spring.
Ama is the daughter of Phyllis and Emmanuel Idun. At Lee’s Summit High School, Ama is involved in Club 121, tiger mentoring, track and field, National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, Missouri Fine Arts Academy, Missouri Scholars Academy and student senate.
The National Achievement Program, conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is a privately financed academic competition that operates without government assistance. It 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. To date, close to 32,700 young men and women have received Achievement Scholarship awards worth close to $96 million.
Approximately 1,300 semifinalists are expected to fulfill additional requirements and advance to the finalist level in the 2014 program. All Achievement Scholar awardees will be selected from the finalist group on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
More than 160,000 high-school juniors from throughout the United States requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Program when they took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists were designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region.