North Point graduate receives Northrop Grumman scholarship

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

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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