Cristian R. Quiterio of Siegel High School has been designed as a semifinalist in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named more than 1,600 Black American high school seniors semifinalists. Quiterio is the only 2012-2013 senior from Rutherford County to be named a semifinalist.
He will 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 an Achievement Scholarship award.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by NMSC, 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, more than 31,900 young men and women have received Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $100 million.