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HughesNet is the founding sponsor of the STEM Pillar Award, one of four Youth in Action (YIA) Awards, given to an outstanding 4-H’er who will serve as a yearlong STEM ambassador for both 4-H and Hughes. This year’s winner is Thaddeaus Hughes, an 18-year old from McLean County, Illinois. He has been instrumental in bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to his community, creating competitive robotics teams, and mentoring middle and high school students. During his stint as Ambassador, Hughes will attend a Congressional breakfast, publish a blog and video posts, speak with the press, and attend local events.
The National 4-H Council’s 4-H YIA Award is one of the highest honors a member can achieve. Winners are eligible to receive up to $15,000 in scholarship funds and one overall winner is chosen annually as part of Grow True Leaders Week. With a shared passion for STEM, the National 4-H Council and Hughes have partnered to inspire the next generation of scientists, building future leaders and powering our country’s competitiveness in the global economy.
On March 1, 2016, the HughesNet®/National 4-H Council partnership was named a Halo Award finalist for excellence in cause marketing in the education category by introducing youth to STEM and igniting their interest in science activities. Sponsored by the Cause Marketing Forum, the Halo Awards recognize the most effective partnerships between companies and nonprofit organizations.
“Each year, as cause-related marketing gets more sophisticated, we receive an increasing number of strong submissions into the Halo Awards. Being named a finalist is an industry honor and demonstrates a level of accomplishment in campaigns that combine purpose and profit,” said Cause Marketing Forum President David Hessekiel.
“We are thrilled to see our partnership with HughesNet be recognized as a Halo finalist for cause marketing,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “This honor is a result of committed teams that, in just two years, have built a world-class partnership that exposes underserved youth to a life-changing range of experiences and opportunities in the STEM fields.”
At this year’s Satellite2016 industry conference in March, the Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA) honored Hughes as a “Company to Watch” with two innovation awards. In the Top Government Mobility Satcom category, Hughes was named for its HM300, a rugged, commercial off-the-shelf and ultra-compact X-band terminal with the smallest footprint offered in the industry that can operate on any X-band service. In the Top Aeronautical Mobility Satcom category, Hughes was named for its advanced HM200 airborne modem and antenna.
The event drew a crowd of over 80 satellite professionals from more than 35 companies, with nominations representing innovations in aeronautical, government, machine-to-machine, maritime and emergency response communications.