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ORAU Awards 2008 Pollard Scholarships to Exceptional Students

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May 1, 2008
FY08-30

Oak Ridge, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities is awarding five William G. Pollard scholarships, at $1,200 each, toward undergraduate studies for the 2008-2009 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Shanleigh Adler, Nathan Basler, Kaitlyn Huppmann, Russell Thurmond and Julie Turner.

ORAU awards five Pollard scholarships each year to ORAU employees’ children who display exceptional achievements in their high school or undergraduate studies. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended, three references (at least two of which must be from teachers) and a 500-word essay describing the student’s professional and personal interests and goals.

Adler, daughter of Timothy and Erin Adler of Kingston, graduated from Roane County High School in 2007 and is a Pollard scholarship winner for the second year in a row. She is currently pursuing an English degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and after making the Dean’s List, admits she is having fun exploring her creativity through literature and writing. Prior to starting her college career, Adler was as a member of the Kingston Teen Council where she served as the 2004-2005 treasurer, the 2005-2006 vice president, and also as the organization’s president from 2006-2007. She has also supported many charities including Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Operation Reach, Healthy Start and March of Dimes.

Basler, son of Jama and Garland Basler of Kingston, will graduate from Roane County High School in 2008. In addition to maintaining a 4.05 grade point average, Basler has served in numerous school clubs and leadership positions including vice president of the Beta Club, executive member of the student council, yearbook staff, band manager, as well as vice president, and later president of the school’s Republican Club. Outside of school, Basler enjoys serving as an active member of Liberty Baptist Church in Kingston and following his favorite sport, NASCAR.  Basler plans to attend Tennessee Tech University for a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and later, apply to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for a master’s in motorsports engineering.

Huppmann, daughter of John and Pam Huppmann of Knoxville, will graduate from Karns High School in 2008. As a member of the Karns High School marching band for four years, Huppmann serves as trumpet section leader, a position that provides her the experience of managing nearly 20 people. Throughout her high school career, Huppmann has also been involved with several organizations including The Empty Stocking Fund, the Karns Winter Guard Showcase, and the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic’s annual Record-a-thon. Huppmann plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University where she will pursue a teaching degree and a major in global studies.

Thurmond, son of Terrie Cox and stepson to Scott Morris, both of Clinton, will graduate from Clinton High School in 2008. In his community, Thurmond helped conduct football and baseball camps for area youth and also helped support the 2007 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Summer Junior Olympics. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, Thurmond is also involved in a number of extracurricular activities including the Clinton High School basketball and football teams. His love for athletics has inspired him to choose Lincoln Memorial University to study sports medicine. Thurmond plans to own and operate his own youth sports clinic.

Turner, daughter of Robert Turner of Knoxville and Amy Wolfe of Oak Ridge, graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 2007 and is a Pollard scholarship winner for the second year in a row. She is currently attending Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and exploring academic majors that would allow her to combine her love of animals with her love of history. Before college, Turner served as a treasurer, and later president, of her high school’s International Relations Club. At the Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge, Turner also taught Hebrew to children ages six through ten.

The William G. Pollard Scholarship awards are presented in honor of ORAU’s founder as recognition of his dedication to science and education. A University of Tennessee physics professor, Pollard founded the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies—which later became ORAU—to link the valuable scientific resources developed in Oak Ridge as part of the Manhattan Project with regional universities.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Shanleigh Adler

Shanleigh Adler
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Nathan Basler

Nathan Basler
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Kaitlyn Huppmann

Kaitlyn Huppmann
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Russell Thurmond

Russell Thurmond
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Julie Turner

Julie Turner
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