Southwest student awarded national scholarship

South High School senior Maya Iginla was awarded a National Achievement Scholarship for $2,500 to be applied to any U.S. college program.

She was one of seven students selected in Minnesota out of 800 nationally. The NationalAchievement Scholarship program was created in 1964 to recognize outstanding African American students.

The National Achievement Scholarship Corporation distributes the privately funded scholarship. Over 27,000 students have received scholarships totaling over $85 million.

To qualify, students must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and fulfill other requisites. About 130,000 kids apply yearly. Of those, 4,600 receive scholarships.

For more information about the National Achievement Scholarship Program, go to www.nationalmerit.org.