Fish Awards Space Camp Scholarships to Three DC Area Students

Washington, D.C., July 20, 2010 - Fish & Richardson announced today that three D.C. sixth grade students - Jiheib Anderson, Taniya Dunn, and Crystaleen Roze Gordon - have been chosen to receive full scholarships to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., at the end of July. The goal of Fish's Space Camp Scholarship program is to get students excited about the fields of math, science, and technology.

The students are selected each year from the SEED Public Charter School, the nation's first urban public boarding school, which provides an intensive education program for students whose challenging circumstances might otherwise prevent them from fulfilling their academic and social potential.

The students will travel with a teacher for the six-day Space Camp program, where they will 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.

"Fish started its Space Camp Scholarship program in 1999 and it is one of the most satisfying charitable programs we run each year," said Terry Mahn, Managing Principal of Fish's Washington, D.C. office. "These students represent our future and we hope that this experience will encourage them to explore science and technology for the rest of their lives."

Fish sends 30 students - from the 10 cities across the country where the firm has offices - along with chaperones to Space Camp each year. All of the schools that participate in the program are in economically disadvantaged areas. The students are selected by Fish based on a written application and an in-person interview. The students will visit Fish's office when they return to "report on their mission."