MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Feb. 23, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has awarded scholarships to 238 students from 26 countries and 27 U.S. states and territories to attend the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy. This unique leadership program will run from February 26 to March 11 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.
Honeywell's Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA), created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center provides students with a unique opportunity to engage in sessions addressing current issues in science, technology, and engineering. The program is designed to build their leadership skills and develop their capacities through hands on challenges.
During the course of the program, students meet with scientists, engineers, and former astronauts to reinforce core leadership competencies and provide them with first-hand accounts of professional experiences. These competencies include: purposeful leadership, critical thinking, integrated planning, effective communication and team trust and cohesion. Additionally, many of the activities will require students to present their findings or opinions to a panel of experts.
Students engage in interactive challenges such as designing, building and testing their own rockets, bridge structures, and DNA extraction experiments. They will participate in time-critical physical challenges as part of a high and low ropes course, simulating space shuttle missions, and jet fighter pilot training. Experts from Honeywell, NASA, Hudson Alpha, and University of Alabama in Huntsville will lead discussions with the students about current scientific and engineering achievements and what role the students will play as they embark into these fields.
"We're thrilled to send this impressive group of students to the Leadership Challenge Academy," said Tom Buckmaster, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions." The program engages students in meaningful, science- and math-based challenges and introduces them to the many opportunities for rewarding careers. The dedication and creativity of the parents of these exceptional students helps make Honeywell one of the worlds leading technology companies."
Honeywell and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center award the scholarships 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, which include tuition for the week-long program, meals, accommodations and program materials.
"Honeywell and their employees have a long history of promoting unique math and science education programs around the world," says Dr. Deborah Barnhart, executive director and CEO of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. She adds, "Honeywell's Leadership Challenge Academy is further evidence of this commitment. As such, we share a common goal of helping to prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers. We are excited and proud to partner with Honeywell in this endeavor."
Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
The Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate social responsibility initiative which focuses on five issues of vital importance: Family Safety & Security; Housing & Shelter; Science & Math Education; Habitat & Conservation; and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please go to www.honeywell.com/hhs.