The World Globe from Space in a star field showing the terrain and clouds. Elements of this image are furnished by NASA
The World Globe from Space in a star field showing the terrain and clouds. Elements of this image are furnished by NASA (xtock / Shutterstock.com)

Fish & Richardson presented full scholarships 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.

According to a press release, the goal of Fish & Richardson’s Space Camp Scholarship program—which the firm has run for 19 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 almost 500 students to Space Camp on full scholarships.

Fish & Richardson attorneys select the scholarship winners based on a written application and an in-person interview, according to the firm. All of the students are from schools in economically disadvantaged areas in the 11 U.S. cities where Fish & Richardson has offices: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Dallas; Houston; Minneapolis/St. Paul; New York; San Diego; Silicon Valley; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington.

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, according to the release.