Company Sending Students from 20 Countries and 31 U.S. States to Presidential Classroom Program in Washington , D.C.
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. , March 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell announced today that it has awarded scholarships to 288 students from 20 countries and 31 U.S. states to attend the Honeywell Scholars @ Presidential Classroom program from March 1-8, 2009 in Washington, D.C.
The scholarships offer this globally diverse group of students the opportunity to learn first hand about the nexus of science, technology and public policy. Students will meet with elected officials, business leaders and government appointees to engage in thought-provoking discussions on current issues of global concern.
"Presidential Classroom is a life changing experience," said Tom Buckmaster , President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "It presents the complexities of Science, Technology and Public Policy in a dynamic way and provides the students with tools for becoming leaders in their own communities."
Honeywell awards the scholarships after a rigorous application and review process based on academic achievement and community involvement. Financial contributions from Honeywell employees help fund the scholarships, which include tuition for the week-long program, meals, accommodations and program materials. Including this year's class, 1,105 students from 31 countries and 31 states have attended the program since it began in 2005.
"We are pleased to work with Honeywell and are grateful for their investment in tomorrow's leaders," said Maria Darie , Executive Director, Presidential Classroom. "Presidential Classroom, a non-profit organization, was established in 1968 as the elite program in civic education in Washington D.C. 41 years later we continue to be an elite program for the best and the brightest high school students from the USA and abroad. Presidential Classroom has touched the lives of over 125,000 high school students, many of whom are now prominent leaders in their communities."
During the week-long program students get to observe the U.S. Congress in action and visit historic sites including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of State and Arlington National Cemetery. The Honeywell Scholars will also visit the Honeywell Technology Experience on Capitol Hill, a state-of-the-art exhibition where guests are able to learn about many of Honeywell's industry-leading technologies first hand. Students will also attend a special reception and presentation by Barrington Irving , the youngest and first black pilot to fly solo around the globe, at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and visit the National Academy of Sciences, Honeywell facilities at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Library of Congress and Walter Reed Institute of Research.