March 31, 2016
Fish & Richardson Sends 33 Students From Economically Disadvantaged Areas to Space Camp as Part of STEM Scholarship Program
Almost 500 middle school students have attended since Fish started the program in 1999
Fish & Richardson announced today that full scholarships have been awarded to 33 students and their teacher chaperones from across the country to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama this summer. The goal of Fish's Space Camp Scholarship program - which the firm has run for 19 consecutive years - is to get middle school students excited about the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Fish launched the Space Camp Scholarship program in 1999 and has since sent almost 500 students to Space Camp on full scholarships.
Fish attorneys select the scholarship winners based on a written application and an in-person interview. All of the students are from schools in economically disadvantaged areas in the 11 U.S. cities where Fish has offices: Atlanta; Austin; Boston; Dallas; Houston; Minneapolis/St. Paul; New York; San Diego; Silicon Valley; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, Delaware. The scholarship winners - who receive full tuition, round-trip airfare, and accommodations - will spend six days at Space Camp experiencing simulated space shuttle missions, participating in programs on space exploration, and learning about mission control.
"We are very proud of this program and the work we have been doing for nearly 20 years to foster young people's interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)," said Peter Devlin, President and CEO of Fish & Richardson."Students who focus their studies in the STEM field will be leading the next generation of innovators in developing new technologies that drive our economy. Nurturing their interests now is an investment in our future, and we will continue to do everything we can to inspire more students to explore STEM careers."
After the students return from Space Camp, many of them meet with the attorneys from Fish to "report on their mission" and share their experiences as junior astronauts. It is also an opportunity for the attorneys to encourage the students to keep on exploring STEM and to excel in their studies when they return to school in the fall.
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