Fish & Richardson has awarded full scholarships to three San Diego middle school students – Angelo Bernardo, Weston Richardson, and Nicola Isabelle Valmoria – 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 20 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.
Fish attorneys, including Crystal Culhane who leads the program in San Diego, select the scholarship winners based on written applications and in-person interviews. Each year, Fish sends 33 students – from economically disadvantaged areas in the 11 cities across the country where the firm has offices – along with teacher chaperones to Space Camp. In San Diego, the students were selected from Bethune K-8 School, which sets high expectations for students both in academic performance and behavior. 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.
“Encouraging young people, especially those from underrepresented populations, to focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is important to our country’s future economic success,” said Roger Denning, Managing Principal of Fish’s San Diego office. “STEM pervades every part of our lives, and we will continue to do everything we can to inspire more students to consider STEM careers.”
After the students return from Space Camp, many of them meet with the attorneys from Fish to share their experiences as junior astronauts and “report on their mission.” The attorneys also have the opportunity to encourage the students to keep on exploring STEM and to strive for academic excellence when they return to school in the fall.
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