Charles M. Hallford, a student at the Texas Academy of Math and Science, has been selected as a regional finalist in the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition. Charles’ work is one of 48 research projects selected to advance to the second level of competitions where scholarships worth $1,000 will be awarded. Six prestigious universities across the United States will host regional competitions featuring research projects from a variety of scientific disciplines. The winners selected at each regional competition will compete for additional scholarships. The awards this year are $100,000 for first place, $50,000 for second place, $40,000 for third place, $30,000 for fourth place, $20,000 for fifth place and $10,000 for sixth place. Winners will be selected at the national competition to be held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Charles is the son of Charles and Virginia Hallford of Brady and the great grandson of the late Rev. C.L. Grimes.