Provided by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Office
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) received the Eagle Award from the Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation’s Metropolitan Washington Chapter last night for her work on STEM education. The ARCS Foundation is an all-women all-volunteer foundation that pledges 100% of all donations will go toward scholarships. The ARCS Foundation has awarded more than $90 million to over 9,000 ARCS Scholars in top U.S. university STEM programs since its founding in 1958.
“I am honored to receive the ARCS Foundation’s Eagle Award for advocating for STEM education and STEM jobs. In order to have a vibrant economy that provides opportunity and prosperity for all we must be the leader in STEM fields. ARCS scholarships provide essential support in creating opportunities to a career path for those who desire to find the next cure for a disease or create the next technological advance that will change the world.”
The House recently passed Congresswoman Comstock’s legislation, the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act, which authorizes the NASA Administrator to encourage women and girls to study STEM fields, and to pursue careers that will further advance America’s space, science, and exploration efforts through support of initiatives such as NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS; Aspire-Inspire; and the Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research.
Past award winners of The Eagle Award include General Colin Powell & Alma Johnson Powell, The Honorable Elizabeth Dole, The Honorable John H. Sununu, The Honorable Ted Stevens, The Honorable Daniel S. Goldin, The Honorable Samuel W. Bodman, Lt. General James A. Abrahamson, Admiral Richard Truly, and Dr. Norman Augustine, among others.