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Danvers, Mass. – June 13, 2016 – Cell Signaling Technology (CST) has awarded $40,000 as part of its inaugural 2016 Science Scholarship Program in an effort to inspire high school students to pursue careers in science and promote opportunities to make a difference in the world through science. CST, a worldwide provider of antibodies, is providing four high school juniors from Boston North Shore communities—Gloucester, Lynn, Peabody and Salem—with $10,000 each to pursue a college education in a science-related program.
Students also will be given the opportunity to participate in an internship designed to give hands-on experience at CST’s biotechnology production laboratory, whose mission is to produce high-quality products that help solve important questions about disease and cancer. The following students were awarded CST’s 2016 Scholarship:
· Ismael Aquino, Lynn Classical High School
· Trevor Liimatainen, Salem High School
· Shannon Silva, Peabody High School
· Jonathan Denman, Gloucester High School
Each student scholarship recipient will receive the $10,000 award distributed across their four years at a qualifying higher education institution. In addition to the financial award, there are two unique aspects of the scholarship: a paid internship and community service. The scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to participate in a guaranteed paid summer internship at CST during the summer between their senior year in high school and their first year in college. Prior to completing their senior year in college, scholarship recipients are required to commit time to community service by talking about their science education to elementary or middle school students, helping to inspire the next generation of students to pursue science-related interests.
“The future of science, and especially our industry, depends on highly committed individuals that want to make a contribution to solving human health issues and advancing personalized medicine,” said David Comb, CST’s director of Corporate Social Responsibility. “We believe this scholarship will inspire local students to choose science as a program of study in college and support the next generation of scientists. We are thrilled to be able to help these exceptional students and invest in our communities.”
The CST Science Scholarship is a fund managed by the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF). ECCF will help facilitate and oversee the scholarship distribution throughout each recipient’s college career.
“CST’s generosity and dedication to the community is a valuable model of corporate responsibility,” said Julie Bishop, Vice President for Philanthropy at Essex County Community Foundation. “We look forward to partnering with CST and to working with these Essex County students throughout their college experience.”
CST reviewed student applications and evaluations submitted by teachers at public high schools from four of the most underserved communities on Boston’s North Shore. Science teachers from local public high schools nominated 12 students who demonstrated academic excellence and a strong interest in science. Nominees, who will be first generation college students, wrote essays about science and society and visited CST’s Danvers campus to meet CST employees and gain a better understanding about working for a biotech company. Furthermore, nominees can leverage this recognition during the college application process.
Cell Signaling Technology (CST) is a private, family-owned company, founded by scientists and dedicated to providing high quality research tools to the biomedical research community. Our employees operate worldwide from our U.S. headquarters in Massachusetts, and our offices in the Netherlands, China, and Japan. www.cellsignal.com.
About Essex Community Foundation
The mission of Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) is to strengthen the communities of Essex County. We do this by promoting philanthropy and managing charitable assets, making grants and engaging in strategic community leadership. Since 1998, ECCF and its family of 180 charitable funds have granted over $30 million to nonprofits, schools and students in Essex County and beyond. Our ultimate goal is to have 34 thriving cities and towns in Essex County and to improve the quality of life for the region’s 750,000 residents. www.eccf.org.