March 31, 2016
Fish & Richardson To Send 33 Students to Space Camp
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 17 consecutive years - is to get middle school students excited about the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
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 have sent over 400 students to Space Camp since we first launched this scholarship program in 1999. It is a privilege for us to be a part of encouraging these students' love of STEM and to provide the spark that may put them on a path to careers in these growing fields," said Peter Devlin, President and CEO of Fish & Richardson. "The STEM fields are a critical foundation for our country's future economic success, so it is important to get more young people excited about these professions and the opportunities they present."
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.
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