Thirteen Students Named Winners of 2021 National Merit Corporate-Sponsored Scholarships

News Release
April 21, 2021

Thirteen Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students have been awarded 2021 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: 

  • Jerry Wei of Oakton High School (computer science), National Merit Leidos, Inc., Scholarship.
  • Mrinal Bhatnagar of Robinson Secondary School (physics), National Merit Truist Scholarship.
  • Kamal Amirneni of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) (biology), National Merit CACI Scholarship.
  • Peter Costescu of TJHSST (computer engineering), National Merit Raytheon Scholarship. 
  • Patrick Gilles of TJHSST (computer programming), National Merit-The Travelers Employees’ Club Scholarship. 
  • Kristen Heller of TJHSST (computer science), National Merit Leidos, Inc., Scholarship.
  • Aaliya Hussain of TJHSST (neuroscience), National Merit Macy’s, Inc. Scholarship.
  • Nathaniel Joachim of TJHSST (computer science), National Merit Dr. James R. Schlesinger Memorial Scholarship, funded by MITRE Corporation.
  • Senna Keesing of TJHSST (astronautics), National Merit Leidos, Inc., Scholarship.
  • Adit Pareek of TJHSST (computer science), National Merit GEICO Scholarship.
  • Alexander Suh of TJHSST (computer science), National Merit CACI Scholarship.
  • Alexander Talamonti of TJHSST (computer science), National Merit Raytheon Scholarship.
  • Nishitha Vattikonda of TJHSST (computer science), National Merit Leidos, Inc., 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 $1,000 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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