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Fish Awards Space Camp Scholarships to Three Students From Frederick Douglass Elementary

July 20, 2010

Press Releases

Fish Awards Space Camp Scholarships to Three Students From Frederick Douglass Elementary

July 20, 2010

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DALLAS – Three Frederick Douglass Elementary School students are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime thanks to the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson.

Rendy Dalcour, 12, Cynthia Hernandez, 13, and Rickie Holden, 12, have been selected to receive full scholarships to attend U.S. Space & Rocket Center Space Camp from July 25-30 in Huntsville, Ala., as part of Fish & Richardson’s 2010 Space Camp Scholarship program.

Started in 1999 to help fuel students’ excitement for the fields of math, science, and technology, the Space Camp Scholarship initiative is one of the firm’s most eagerly anticipated programs.

“This is the type of program that allows students to experience something that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to ever do and the excitement they have for the program is contagious,” says Tom Melsheimer, Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Dallas office. “We hope it will also help to spur them on to a lifetime of interest in how science and math can mesh with technology to accomplish the truly incredible.”

Fish sends 30 students to Space Camp each year along with their chaperones. All of the students are from schools in economically disadvantaged areas in the 10 cities where Fish has offices. Students are selected based on a written application and an in-person interview. Following the camp, students will visit Fish’s offices to “report on their mission.”

During the six-day Space Camp program, students have the opportunity to experience simulated space shuttle missions, participate in programs on space exploration, and learn about mission control. The students receive full tuition to Space Camp, roundtrip airfare and accommodations for themselves and their chaperones, spending money, and a “flight spacesuit” to bring home. For many of the students, the trip to Space Camp is their first experience flying in an airplane and seeing a different part of the United States.

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