A local teen has received a prestigious academic award and
a $25,000 scholarship to go with it.
Newtown resident and Lawrenceville School student Aashna Mago, 17, received the Davidson
Fellows Scholarship for extraordinary achievement in science for her project “A
Novel EZH2 Histone Methyltransferase Inhibitor: Potential Advancement in
Epigenetic Cancer Therapy.”
Mago accepted the award Friday in Washington D.C. Friday, where she was congratulated by Congressman
“It was an honor to
meet with Congressman Fitzpatrick here in Washington D.C.,” 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,” Fitzpatrick said.
“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."
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship program offers scholarships
for those who have created significant projects that have the potential to
benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering and
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.”