Mirza Rizwan and Mirza Faizan, the founders of DiscoverSTEM, made history by becoming the first Indians to be awarded the coveted George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation – USA.
Started in 1949 by former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Freedoms Foundation honors the exceptional contributions of Americans towards communities in the USA. Generally reserved for the US citizens, the awarding organization made an exception to recognize the stellar research work and its impact of India’s Mr. Rizwan in designing and implementing a unique STEM & Innovation program for American children, thereby revolutionizing the education system in the USA.
Here’s the video of the speech delivered by Mirza Faizan when he received the prestigious George Washington Honor Medal.
Few of the other notable non-US citizens who have received the George Washington Honor Medal include Ms. Margaret Thatcher (Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom), Lech Walesa (Former President of Poland and Noble Prize winner), and world-renowned Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. As the latest recipients of this prestigious honor, the Mirza brothers join a historically acclaimed group of citizens whose work and dedication advance the American ideals, the award letter says.
Some of the distinguished US citizens who have received this award for their stellar contributions in their field are Walt Disney, Astronauts Sally Ride, and John Glenn, Capt. Sully Sullenberger, Athletes like Arthur Ashe, George Foreman, Tiger Woods, and famous US educator Jaime Escalante.