Advait Chauhan, a 2013 graduate of Hammond High School in Columbia, was one of 24 recent graduates across the state of Maryland to be awarded a scholarship from the Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Chauhan is the county winner in the 11th Annual Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars Competition, and has been awarded a $10,000 merit-based scholarship to pursue a science degree at Princeton University. The program is aimed at supporting promising high school seniors who intend to pursue a career in engineering, computer science, physics or math.

Chauhan will receive the scholarship in $2,500 increments over four years. The funds can be used for tuition, books, room and board and lab fees.

A committee of Northrop Grumman employees selected the winners from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Applicants had to have a minimum composite SAT score of 1,700 or ACT score of 27 and a minimum GPA of 3.5. The committee also considered each applicants work experience, community involvement and extracurricular activities.

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“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,” Northrop Grumman Corporate Vice-President and President of the Electronic Systems sector Gloria Flach said in a release. “These talented students represent the future of our country’s technology and innovation capability.”