Stephanie Carrizales of McAllen was awarded the National Achievement scholarship totaling $2,500. Carrizales attends South Texas Business Education & Technology Academy and hopes to study Biology in college.

She is part of the 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who won Achievement Scholarship award for college undergraduate study.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented Black American youth, and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants in each annual competition. The 2009 program marks 45 annual competitions in which more than 29,500 participants will have received scholarships worth over $93 million. The program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance.