Fish Sends 33 Students to Space Camp as Part of STEM Scholarship Program

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 18 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 over 450 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.

"It is a privilege to meet these impressive students each year, and to have the opportunity to foster their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)," said Peter Devlin, President and CEO of Fish & Richardson. "STEM education is what will enable the next generation of innovators to develop new products and processes that drive our economy. These young people are our future STEM leaders, and we need to do everything we can to engage and excite them."

After the students return from Space Camp, many of them meet with the attorneys from Fish to "report on their mission" and talk about their experiences as junior astronauts for a week. For the attorneys, it is another opportunity to encourage the students to keep on exploring STEM and to excel in their studies when they return to school in the fall.