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North Point graduate receives Northrop Grumman scholarship

Christain Barnes, a 2015 North Point High School graduate, was awarded the $10,000 Engineering Scholarship for Charles County from Northrop Grumman’s Engineering Scholars program. He is one of 24 students in Maryland to receive the award this year. Funds are used for books, tuition, lodging and/or meals at the college of the recipient’s choice. Award winners are chosen by the Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Scholarship Committee.

Barnes plans to attend Stanford University in the fall to study aerospace engineering. He graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors, which highlights students who have a 4.0 grade-point average or above. He also ranked academically within the top five percent of North Point’s Class of 2015, which included a total of 503 students, as the top third graduating senior.

Barnes was also recognized for his academic performance through the National Achievement Scholars program, and received several additional scholarship offers from nationwide colleges and universities. The Northrop Grumman Scholars program helps to support high school seniors who plan to study engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics.

Applicants for the award must be a Maryland and U.S. citizen, a graduating senior of a public or accredited private high school in Maryland, plan to attend a college or university as a full-time student in an approved engineering program, have a minimum composite SAT score of 1700 and a minimum grade-point average of 3.5. Applicants must also submit a 500-word essay and three letters of recommendation.

For more information about the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program, visit

Westlake graduates selected for Meyerhoff Scholars Program

Two Westlake High School 2015 graduates, Ricardo Cardoza and Darius Leftwitch, were selected for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). The Meyerhoff Scholars Program is open to high-achieving high school seniors who have an interest in pursuing doctoral study in science or engineering, and who are interested in the advancement of minorities in science and related fields. Both students will begin their studies at UMBC in the fall.

Cardoza represented the Westlake Class of 2015 as valedictorian and plans to major in mechanical engineering. He graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors for having a grade-point average above 4.0 and received several special awards to recognize his achievements. These awards include a Scholars recognition, the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, an outstanding student in art history and technology education, and the principal’s award. He also received several scholarship offers from schools such as Towson University and the University of Maryland College Park, and House of Delegates honors and offerings through the Charles County Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Leftwitch plans to study computer science and graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors for having a grade-point average of 3.75 to 3.99. He also received several special awards to honor his achievements including a Scholars recognition, the President’s Award for Educational Achievement, outstanding senior athlete, outstanding world language student award in French and the principal’s award. Leftwitch was active in the Westlake student government association and played lacrosse and soccer. He also received scholarship offers from schools such as George Mason University and Hofstra University, and House of Delegates honors.

Students must be nominated for the program and scholarship awards range from $5,000 to $22,000 per year for four years. The Meyerhoff Scholars Program includes more than 1,200 participants, ranging in about 800 nationwide alumni and 290 students enrolled at UMBC. Nearly 300 graduates are currently pursuing graduate and professional degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

For more information on the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, visit

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