Westlake graduates selected for Meyerhoff Scholars Program

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 http://www.umbc.edu/Programs/Meyerhoff/index.html.

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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