Morris township, N.J.
Noah Stewart, a Grove City High School student, is one of 227 students from around the world who will attend the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy this year.
The scholarship program uses interactive technology and science- oriented workshops and team exercises to teach children of Honeywell employees between age 16 and 18 leader- ship skills in science, technology, engineering and math.
Activities will be delivered in fun and innovative ways that bring STEM studies to life. The students will meet scientists, engineers and former astronauts, who help reinforce core leadership competencies and share their first-hand professional experiences.
Students also will engage in interactive challenges such as designing, building and testing their own rockets; participating in simulated astronaut training, shuttle missions and a moon walk; and conducting DNA extraction experiments on fruit.
“We are pleased to select another impressive group of students to the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy,” said Tom Buckmaster, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the corporate citizenship organization. “Our goal is to continue to develop a new generation of leaders, engineers and scientists who can address the challenges of tomorrow. What better way than to offer this exciting opportunity to these exceptional students.”
This year, the students come from 30 countries and 26 U.S. states and territories.
“HLCA was such a great experience for me,” said Christy Czarnecki, a 2011 HLCA scholarship recipient and 2012 HLCA Alumni Ambassador from New Jersey. “It reinforced my leadership skills and was the reason why I decided to major in engineering at Clemson University.”
Since its launch in 2010, Honeywell, in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, has awarded more than 850 scholarships to students after a rigorous application and review process based on academic achievement and community involvement. All junior- and senior-level high school children of full-time Honeywell employees are eligible to apply. Financial contributions from Honeywell employees help fund the scholarships, including tuition, meals, accommodations and program materials.