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Grace Macatee wins $10,000 scholarship

Grace Macatee, center, is congratulated by Dr. Lillian Lowery, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, left, and Gloria Flach, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector.
Grace Macatee, center, is congratulated by Dr. Lillian Lowery, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, left, and Gloria Flach, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector.

Grace Macatee, a recent graduate of North Harford High School, has been named the Harford County winner in the 12th annual Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars competition. The statewide scholarship program is aimed at supporting promising high school seniors who intend to pursue a career in engineering, computer science, physics or math.

Macatee received a merit-based scholarship of $10,000 – payable in four yearly installments of $2,500 – during an awards reception and dinner at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace hosted by Northrop Grumman on June 18. The funds can be used for tuition, books, room and board and lab fees.

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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. The committee also took into consideration work experience, community involvement and extracurricular activities.

her high school career, Macatee played varsity field hockey and tennis and served as treasurer of the DUCKS club. She has been recognized as an AP Scholar with distinction and is a member of the National Honor Society and French National Honor Society. She enjoys participating in her church's youth group, including an annual week-long mission trip to west Baltimore, where she created a Vacation Bible School for children in a low-income neighborhood. She plans to attend the University of Maryland's Honors College as part of the Gemstone program to study civil engineering.

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