Fish & Richardson has awarded full scholarships to 32 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 21 consecutive years – is to engage middle school students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Fish launched the Space Camp Scholarship program in 1999 and has since sent over 500 students to Space Camp on full scholarships.
The scholarship winners are selected by Fish attorneys based on written applications and in-person interviews. All of the students are from schools in underrepresented 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. The scholarship winners – who received full tuition, round-trip airfare, and accommodations – spent six days at Space Camp experiencing simulated space shuttle missions, participating in programs on space exploration, and learning about mission control.
After the students return from Space Camp, many of them meet with the attorneys from Fish –who encourage them to keep on exploring STEM and to strive for academic excellence – to share their experiences as junior astronauts and “report on their mission.”