Fourteen Students Named 2018 National Merit Corporate-Sponsored Scholarship Recipients

News Release
April 18, 2018

Fourteen Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students have been awarded 2018 corporate-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The students are part of a group of more than 1,000 National Merit finalists chosen to receive scholarships financed by corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.


Winners of the corporate-sponsored scholarships, with their probable career fields in parentheses, are: 

  • Samantha Lane of Madison High School (biomedical engineering), National Merit James E. Casey Scholarship.
  • Isaac Karachunsky of Marshall High School (mathematics), National Merit Northrop Grumman Scholarship.
  • Grant Martin of Marshall High School (pharmaceutical science), National Merit Leidos, Inc., Scholarship.
  • Julia Van Dyke of Robinson Secondary School (engineering), National Merit Leidos, Inc., Scholarship.
  • Bharath Alladi of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) (neurosurgery), National Merit Leidos, Inc., Scholarship.
  • Kyle Gatesman of TJHSST (computer science), National Merit Dr. James R. Schlesinger Memorial Scholarship.
  • Charles Huang of TJHSST (computer science), National Merit CACI Scholarship.
  • Amiti Jain of TJHSST (science-research), National Merit Dr. James R. Schlesinger Memorial Scholarship.
  • Anna Lulushi of TJHSST (neuroscience), National Merit CACI Scholarship.
  • Niharika Vattikonda of TJHSST (public policy), National Merit Leidos, Inc., Scholarship.
  • Millan Welman of TJHSST (chemistry), National Merit Senator Charles S. Robb Scholarship.
  • Anna Zhang of TJHSST (economics), National Merit Northrop Grumman Scholarship.
  • Naitian Zhou of TJHSST (computer science), National Merit Citizen Watch Scholarship.
  • Kate Schneider of Woodson High School (education), National Merit National Distillers Distributors Foundation Scholarship.

Corporate sponsors provide merit scholarship awards for National Merit finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the companies serve, or who have college majors or career interests the sponsors want to encourage.


Corporate-sponsored merit scholarship awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and range from $500 to $10,000 per year.  Others provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.  Recipients can use the awards at regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities of their choice.


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For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.