Fitzpatrick Recognizes Local Student’s Scholastic Achievement

Sep 27, 2013
Aashna Mago, 17, meets with Rep. Mike FItzpatrick in Washington, D.C. after being awarded a $25,000 scholarship for her research project - A Novel EZH2 Histone Methyltransferase Inhibitor: Potential Advancement in Epigenetic Cancer Therapy
Fitzpatrick Recognizes Local Student’s Scholastic Achievement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) Friday met with Newtown, Bucks County student Aashna Mago who was in the nation’s capital to receive a national scholarship worth $25,000.

“It was my pleasure to have Aashna stop by my office and talk about her project and to congratulate here on her award," said Fitzpatrick. "Her recognition is proof that hard work really does pay off."

Mago, 17, a student at the Lawrenceville School, is being awarded the scholarship by the Davidson Fellows Scholarship for extraordinary achievement in Science for her project “A Novel EZH2 Histone Methyltransferase Inhibitor: Potential Advancement in Epigenetic Cancer Therapy.

“It was an honor to meet with Congressman Fitzpatrick here in Washington DC,” said Mago. “I am excited and grateful to learn that he supports funding for STEM education and strengthening the education system in general.”

“Students like Aashna continue to make me proud to represent Bucks and Montgomery Counties in Congress, and let me know our next generation is already building future cures for diseases,” continued Fitzpatrick. “As a strong supporter of STEM education, instances like Aashna’s demonstrate why we must ensure schools and students are preparing for the careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Fitzpatrick has sponsored and championed a number of pieces of legislation that advance STEM education in our nation’s schools. This summer he worked with local schools, businesses and workforce development groups to devise strategies to support student interest and success into high-tech, STEM jobs in American manufacturing.

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship program offers scholarships to students 18 or younger, who have created significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The Davidson Fellows Scholarship has provided more than $5.3 million in scholarship funds since its inception in 2001, and has been named one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships by U.S. News & World Report.

“The Davidson Institute is built on the belief that individuals, who have extraordinary intelligence and talents, when encouraged and supported, can improve the quality of life for us all,” said Bob Davidson, co-founder of the Davidson Institute. “We are delighted to recognize this group of resourceful and distinguished young people for their fascinating projects – projects that have the potential to benefit society.”

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Founded by Bob and Jan Davidson in 1999, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development recognizes, nurtures and supports profoundly intelligent young people, and provides opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference. For more information about the 2013 Davidson Fellows, please visit DavidsonGifted.org