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300+ High School Students From Around The World To Participate In Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy

By SpaceRef Editor
February 10, 2015
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Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that 306 students from 39 countries and 26 U.S. states and territories will attend the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA) this year.  The unique leadership program will run over two consecutive week-long programs from February 21 to March 6, 2015, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Ala.

HLCA uses interactive technology, science-oriented workshops and team exercises to teach children of Honeywell employees between the ages of 16-18 leadership skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Activities are delivered in fun and innovative ways that bring STEM studies to life. The program is designed to build students’ leadership skills and develop their capacities through hands on challenges.

During the program, the students will meet scientists, engineers and former astronauts who will reinforce core leadership competencies and share their first-hand professional experiences. Students will engage in team-building challenges such as designing, building and testing their own rockets; participating in simulated astronaut training, shuttle missions and a moon walk.

“After attending HLCA, I started to focus more on math, physics and biology because I was truly inspired to pursue engineering,” said Bethan Murray, an HLCA alumnus from Cheshire, England who attended the program in 2010. “Now, I have been offered a position in a development program at a large aerospace company along with a fully funded university degree. I am also gaining experience in aerospace technology which will train me for future management roles. I wouldn’t have done any of this if it was not for my amazing experience at HLCA.”

“Our goal is to continue to develop a new generation of leaders, engineers, and scientists who can address the challenges of tomorrow,” said Michael Bennett, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s global corporate citizenship initiative. “The HLCA program will engage these exceptional students in meaningful science and math-based challenges and introduces them to a world of rewarding STEM careers.”

Since its launch in 2010, Honeywell, in partnership with the USSRC, has awarded nearly 1,450 scholarships to high school students. Scholarships are granted after a rigorous application and review process based on academic achievement and community involvement. Financial contributions from Honeywell employees help fund the scholarships, including tuition, meals, accommodations and program materials.

“Honeywell and their employees have a long history of promoting unique math and science education programs around the world and we are proud to partner with them to further this commitment with the HLCA program,” said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and executive director, USSRC. “With this opportunity, we allow them to see a vision of themselves in the future without any filters, families and friends. They judge themselves against their global peer group and consider a course of action for their own future.”

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About Honeywell Hometown Solutions 
Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, 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 visit

About Honeywell
Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials.  For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit

About U.S. Space & Rocket Center
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp® and Aviation Challenge®, the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal. To learn more about the exciting programs and activities at the USSRC, go to

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