Helios Education Foundation is Honored for Exemplifying Leadership in Education

Posted on: March 31, 2008

Helios Education Foundation Receives "Champion of Children" Award

Take Stock in Children has awarded Helios Education Foundation its highest honor for education leadership. Florida Governor Charlie Crist presented the Foundation's Chairman, Vince Roig, with the 2008 Champion of Children Award at the Rally in Tally. The award recognizes the Foundation's commitment to education and leadership in support of programs and initiatives aimed at postsecondary education success for students.

Helios Education Foundation is partnering with Take Stock in Children on an initiative that will provide more than 2,100 low-income children with fully paid tuition scholarships, mentors, and hope. The Foundation is investing $1 million in the initiative. Foundation Chairman Vince Roig announced the $1 million gift at the Rally in Tally event on March 25, 2008. More than 1,200 students and mentors attended that event.

Helios Education Foundation Receives John S. McCain Award

The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) recently awarded Helios Education Foundation with its 2008 John S. McCain Award. This award is given to those individuals or organizations who demonstrate leadership and a collaborative spirit in the fight against human disease. The award was established in 2005 and includes other winners such as the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the Flinn Foundation, and the Stardust Foundation. The award is named after Senator John McCain, who is the honorary chair of TGen's national advisory council.

Helios Education Foundation is working with TGen to cultivate new scientific and technical talent across the state of Arizona over the next 25 years. The Helios Scholars Program at TGen is an annual summer internship program for 45 high school, undergraduate and graduate students in Arizona. Interns receive a stipend, are paired with a TGen scientist/mentor and are actively engaged in research projects in disorders as diverse as cancer, diabetes, autism and Alzheimer's disease. The eight-week program supports students from all backgrounds in their efforts to develop foundational skills as they pursue careers in science or medical-related fields.

Helios Education Foundation Receives Community Laureate Award

Helios Education Foundation is the 2008 recipient of Teach For America's Community Laureate Award. The Community Laureate honors an organization or major institution that has demonstrated a commitment to initiatives that align with Teach For America's core values. In addition, this award honors an organization whose actions have helped create new opportunities in education in Arizona. The Community Laureate award is given annually, and previous winners include Arizona State University and the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona.

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