AT&T Aspire Contribution Fuels Launch Fishers High School Fellowship Program

The Launch Fishers High School Fellowship program returned for its third year in 2017, backed by an AT&T Aspire contribution of $25,000.

AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire drives innovation in education – through technology, social innovation and relationships – to ensure all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

“AT&T’s long-standing support of the Launch Fishers High School Fellowship has enabled us to significantly expand the programming we could offer to Fishers-area students,” said Launch Fishers Founder and CEO John Wechsler. “The company is a driver of innovation in Central Indiana and truly supportive of our local communities.”

Launched in 2015, the Launch Fishers High School Fellowship annually accepts a group of entrepreneurial-minded students to participate in a week-long bootcamp held at the Launch Fishers coworking space. Students learn from accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders during the bootcamp portion of the program. Following the bootcamp, students participate in interviews with host companies and are placed into summer internships.

“It’s exciting to see this effort by Launch Fishers – and the support from AT&T – that will spark creativity and empower young people,” said State Sen. Jim Merritt. “This fellowship program gives a tremendous boost to students’ personal and career growth.”

“It’s critical to support the next generation of innovators and support from private companies plays a vital role in shaping the lives of young adults in our community,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. “Thanks to Launch Fishers and AT&T, we are better able to meet the needs and interests of area high school students, preparing them for the 21st century economy.”

This marks the second time AT&T has awarded AT&T Aspire funding to the fellowship program, bringing its total contribution to $50,000 in 3 years.

“Education is the best investment we can make to ensure our new hires start day one with the skills they need,” said AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards. “Through AT&T Aspire, we aim to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.”

Learn more about Launch Fishers at www.launchfishers.com, and about AT&T Aspire here: http://about.att.com/content/csr/home/possibilities/at-t-aspire.html.

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

About Launch Fishers

Launch Fishers is a 52,000 square foot launch pad for high-potential enterprises located in Fishers, Indiana. Created by John Wechsler in conjunction with the City of Fishers in 2012, Launch Fishers has grown to over 600 members in a wide array of industries and ranging from startup to expansion-stage companies. Launch Fishers increasingly serves as host for many statewide entrepreneurial support initiatives including Launch Indiana and The Indiana Coworking Passport. More at www.LaunchFishers.com.

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