A Shelton High School senior was selected as a finalist to compete for the $14,000 scholarship in honor of the late Barton L. Weller, founder of Vitramon, Inc., in Monroe, and whose generosity has made this award possible.

Sarah Gloria, daughter of Rui and Claire Gloria of Shelton, is the local finalist for the scholarship, which was established in 1977 with the purpose to encourage academic excellence in a substantial independent research or study project. The scholarship is open to full-time senior-year students at Joel Barlow, Masuk, Newtown, Shelton, and Trumbull high schools.

Entrants were required to submit proposals for projects in any field in which they have an interest. A total of 10 proposals were received. Five finalists were selected on the basis of originality, format of the proposal, project potential, and care with which the proposal and its planned implementation has been thought through.

On Nov. 8, each finalist received $200 to help defray expenses during the five-month project period. Prior to the awards dinner on April 23, 2019, at Fairfield University, the scholarship recipient will be announced.

At the dinner, the $14,000 scholarship will be presented to the student whose project is judged to be the best. This scholarship is paid directly to the college or university for deposit into the student’s account. The scholarship will be awarded without regard to the student’s existing financial status.

Gloria’s project is titled “Enhancing Latent Prints Visualized through Iodine Fuming with Magnetic Powders.” Her objective is “to ascertain if visualizing latent fingerprints through iodine fuming on porous substances and then exposing them to a second development method of magnetic powder could cause the prints to have an improved, clearer appearance because of the iron’s reaction with the iodine that is clinging to the print secretions.”