Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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IMSA Senior Named National Achievement Semifinalist

A senior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) has qualified as a semifinalist in the 2010 National Achievement® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for African-American high school students.

 IMSA Senior Bernice Fokum

IMSA senior Bernice Fokum of Springfield is among more than 1,600 semifinalists now eligible to compete for about 800 achievement scholarships. The program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is supported by corporate organizations, professional associations, higher education institutions, and NMSC’s own funds.

Fokum is among more than 160,000 African-American students nationwide who took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), the test used in the competition. Scholarships worth more than $2.6 million dollars will be awarded to selected finalists next spring.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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