National Merit and Achievement Scholarship Program

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The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Black students may have entered both the  National Achievement Program and the National Merit® Program by taking the  Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and meeting other published requirements for participation. The two programs are conducted concurrently but operated and funded separately. A student's standing is determined independently in each program. Black American students can qualify for recognition and be honored as Scholars in both the National Merit Program and theNational Achievement Program, but can receive only one monetary award from NMSC.