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Fallston High graduate wins Northrop Grumman engineering scholarship

A recent Fallston High School graduate is one of 24 winners in Northrop Grumman Corporation's 11th annual Engineering Scholars Program, which will provide a total of $240,000 in college scholarships this fall to high school seniors across Maryland interested in studying engineering, computer science, physics or math.

Scholarship recipient John Augustine O'Neill, a Forest Hill resident, graduated from Fallston High School earlier this month as his class Valedictorian. He is the son of Harry and Stephanie O'Neill.

John O'Neill will receive a merit-based scholarship of $10,000 – payable in $2,500 installments over four years – during an awards reception and dinner hosted by Northrop Grumman at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel on June 24. O'Neill plans to enroll in the University of Maryland, Honors College, Engineering Program, his father said.

"Northrop Grumman is honored to sponsor this scholarship competition that supports the pursuit of an engineering education by some of the state's best-qualified math and science students," said Gloria A. Flach, corporate vice president and president of the company's Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector, in a news release. "These talented students represent the future of our country's technology and innovation capability."

The Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program is aimed at supporting promising high school seniors who intend to pursue a career in an engineering-related field. Candidates must plan to attend an accredited college or university school of engineering as a full-time student in an approved engineering program. The funds can be used for tuition, books, room and board, and lab fees.

A committee of Northrop Grumman employees selected the Engineering Scholars winners. To be eligible, each scholarship applicant had to be a resident of Maryland and a graduating senior this spring from a public or accredited private high school in the state. Applicants also had to have a minimum composite SAT score of 1,700 or ACT score of 27 and a minimum GPA of 3.5. Recipients of any other Northrop Grumman-sponsored scholarship were not eligible. The committee also took into consideration work experience, community involvement and extracurricular activities.

One of the state's largest private employers, Northrop Grumman is a significant financial and in-kind contributor to educational outreach programs aimed at encouraging young people to consider engineering and science-related career fields. The Electronic Systems sector supports multiple High School Involvement Partnership programs to excite student interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Northrop Grumman is also a major corporate sponsor of the Maryland Teacher of the Year competition.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.northropgrumman.com.

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