A 2014 graduate of Fairfield Warde High School has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship by the Davidson Fellows Scholarship Foundation, a Nevada nonprofit that recognizes what it calls "profoundly gifted youth" in various academic areas.
Sophia Bramante is one of 20 young scholars nationally who were given Davidson scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 earlier this month. The program is open to students 18 and younger.
Bramante was honored for her engineering research on a color-changing coating that could be used for stealth purposes on military vehicles or to provide color-changing capability for consumer products, the foundation said in a news release.
She is the only recipient from New England.
Bramante, 17, is enrolled in the honors program of the University of Delaware's College of Engineering.
The Davidson Fellows Scholarships are awarded by the Reno, Nev.-based Davidson Institute for Talent Development. A U.S. News and World Report blog called the program one of the nation's seven best-known and most lucrative scholarship programs available to high school students.
Recipients this year ranged in age from 18 to 13. The foundation awarded eight $10,000 scholarships, eight $25,000 prizes and four $50,000 scholarships.
The Davidson Institute said they were awarded for "projects that have the potential to benefit society" in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, philosophy, music and an area the institute called "outside the box."
At Delaware's engineering school, Bramante plans to study mechanical engineering, with an emphasis on biomechanical materials, according to the news release.
The title of her prize-winning project was "Fabrication of a Flexible, Tunable Color Changing Skin Using Magnetically Responsive Fe304 Photonic Crystal Structures."
Bramante and the 19 other fellows will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26.