Fish & Richardson awards Space Camp Scholarships to three local students

Fish & Richardson announced today that full scholarships have been awarded to three Twin Cities middle school students – Jordan Ceballos-Gonzalez, Angel Gomez, and Nancy Hurtado Ramon – 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 – including Angela Follett who leads the program in the Twin Cities – select the scholarship winners based on a written application and an in-person interview. 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 the Twin Cities, the students were selected from Hiawatha College Prep, whose mission is to empower all scholars with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good. 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 Ann Cathcart Chaplin, managing principal of Fish’s Twin Cities office and firm-wide Litigation Practice Group Leader. “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.

Fish & Richardson is a global patent, intellectual property (IP) litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists across the U.S. and Europe.  Fish has been named the #1 patent litigation firm in the U.S. for 11 consecutive years.  Fish has been winning cases worth billions in controversy – often by making new law – for the most innovative clients and influential industry leaders since 1878.

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