Fish Awards Space Camp Scholarships to Four Local Students

Boston, MA, July 20, 2010 - Fish & Richardson announced today that four Boston sixth grade students - Rodney Dailey, Justin Gonzalez, Gabriela Martinez, and Angel Morales-Capeles - 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 Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, a public middle school established to help black and Latino students better prepare to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college.

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 Timothy French, Managing Principal of Fish's Boston 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 teacher recommendations, as well as a written application and an in-person interview. The students will visit Fish's office when they return to "report on their mission."