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With the summer upon us, here at the Harris Foundation find ourselves in the midst of another exciting milestone worth celebrating.  Last week we began our 2015 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps (EMBHSSC) season.  I'm proud to say that this year marks our 10th anniversary with our summer science camp program.  It amazes me how fast time flies.  And this summer, we are "Celebrating a Decade of Promoting STEM Academic Achievement", reaching (updated total 10 year # of students here) with our summer science camps across the nation.  We are proud to welcome three new universities this summer; North Carolina Central University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the University of Southern Mississippi to the EMBHSSC family. After ten years of service, we are still reaching new territories and welcoming new students to the EMBHSSC experience.  

Our Dare to Dream (DTD) program is also approaching its 20th anniversary of working with schools in Greater Houston Area. In wrapping up the 2014-2015 school year, our Dare to Dream (DTD) students attended their end of the year field trip and closing ceremony that took place on the campus of the University of Houston.  Thanks to the support of my good friend and fellow NASA astronaut, Michael Barratt, for attending this year's closing ceremony.  He gave our DTD students a learning experience that was "out of this world".  For many of these students, this was an experience that may have sparked their desire and determination to continue their pursuit of higher education.  Anytime you can be a part of igniting that positive spark in a young child's mind, you play a role in helping to shape their future. We look forward to being able to expand this program in the near future. 

Our RockIt! financial literacy program has had such great success that we are now embarking on expanding the program into community centers throughout the Houston area.  After only three years, the program has made such an impact that we will be conducting the program beyond the regular school year.  This summer we have partnered up with some of our local area Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs to offer RockIt! as part of to their summer learning enrichment program.  The program's curriculum is definitely proving to be an great asset to the students and instructors involved. 

We are pleased to announce that through our recent partnership with TEN80 Education, The Harris Foundation and TEN80 hosted its first STEM Expo and National STEM League (NSL) Challenge in Houston a few weeks ago.  The Expo was open to all middle and high school students from across the Houston region interested in testing their innovative ideas and skills in the Student Racing Challenge.  It was an amazing experience to witness over a 1000 young innovators show their creative and entreprenuerial skills.


Lastly, we launched the Innovative Medical Missions (IMM), a new health initiative of The Harris Foundation that promotes the innovative use of medical technologies in support of philanthropic healthcare missions worldwide.  For the June 2015 inaugural deployment of this device to Belen, Peru, where the LifeBot 5 will support a team of PNSO doctors performing surgical outreach in resource limited communities in the Amazon region. 


We will be busy throught the nation again this summer.  Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and twitter!  As always, I appreciate you and thank you for your continued support. 



Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

President and Founder



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June 2015

March - June 2015 Highlights in...




Attention: ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) alumni can win a free laptop or iPod

Click here to find out how



2015 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships winners announced

To see this year's winners, click here



Dare to Dream Excellence Award Winners announced

To read more about these amazing students, click here



The Ten80 Expo comes to Houston

For more on the Expo and National STEM League



ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp alumna makes it to the White House

Read about her journey here





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The Harris Foundation launches a new initiative with the Innovative Medical Missions (IMM) 

 Read more about the initiative here 






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The impact of RockIt! reaches beyond the classroom

Click here to read about RockIt! and RockIt! impact  









Video:  Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. delivers an inspirational message to graduates during the 2015 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Commencement Ceremony

View video here



STEMBoard Hosts Hack.IT 2015 Tech Camp featuring the "First African-American to Walk in Space"

Read more about the camp here



May 30 - August 8, 2015
2015 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp Sessions
July 13-17, 2015
STEMBoard Hosts Hack.IT 2015 Tech Camp
Nassau, Bahamas

About The Harris Foundation

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., The Harris Foundation, Inc. (THF) is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, whose mission is to invest in community-based initiatives to support education, health and wealth. THF supports programs that empower individuals, in particular minorities and others who are economically and/or socially disadvantaged, to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams. Through our interactive STEM education, health and wealth programs, we prepare students and communities for a world of infinite possibilities.
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