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Vertex Awards Two College Students Full Scholarships to the University of Massachusetts
-- Boston Public High School Students Nora Nguyen and
This year’s scholarship recipients are
“As a leading biotech company that has grown up in Massachusetts’ thriving innovation ecosystem, we need to do our part to provide the next generation of scientists and researchers with the opportunities they need to reach their full potential,” said Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex. “We’re incredibly proud to support Nora and Sonny as they take this next step in their journey to pursue their passions and explore a future career in STEAM.”
Before they head to college, Nora and Sonny are spending their summers
as Vertex interns, alongside more than 30 other
"I want to thank Vertex for creating this opportunity for graduates of
"We are thrilled to welcome Nora and Sonny to the
Vertex has so far awarded nine full Science Leaders Scholarships to BPS students. In addition to receiving financial support, scholars have access to Vertex’s summer internships and formal mentorship programs, as well as support from Bottom Line, an organization Vertex partners with to ensure students have the support they need to succeed during their college years and beyond.
“Nora and Sonny are exemplary young leaders with promising futures ahead
of them,” said BPS Interim Superintendent
In 2017, Vertex made a 10-year,
Thomas M. Menino Learning Lab- A 3,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory space that provides local students the opportunity to work alongside Vertex scientists to conduct experiments with cutting-edge technologies. The Learning Labalso hosts professional development workshops for teachers and provides mentorship opportunities for students. More than 1,000 students attended science classes or workshops in the Learning Labthis year.
- High school and college internships - Students gain real-world professional experience and exposure to careers in STEAM. This summer, approximately 35 high school students and 190 college students joined us for internships in our labs and across the business.
- Community partnerships - Over the last six years, Vertex has developed strong relationships with organizations like Bottom Line, Hack.Diversity and i2 Learning to expose students to STEAM opportunities at every point along their educational journey — from grade school to graduate school. Most recently, Vertex launched the Vertex Discovery Camp, a two-week summer camp, in partnership with i2Learning and BPS, where more than 100 girls and underserved youth from a handful of BPS middle schools learned how to code and perform crime scene investigations as a way to engage in STEAM concepts.
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. In addition to clinical development programs in CF, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other serious diseases.
Founded in 1989 in
For additional information and the latest updates from the company, please visit www.vrtx.com.
Heather Nichols, 617-961-0534
BPS Communications Office, 617-635-9265
For University of Massachusetts
Jeff Cournoyer, 978-935-8521 (mobile)