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ORAU Awards 2009 Pollard Scholarships to Outstanding Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2009
FY09-49

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities recently awarded five William G. Pollard scholarships, at $1,200 each, toward undergraduate studies for the 2009-2010 academic year. The recipients of this year's scholarships are Amelia Campbell, Katherine Dickinson, Niranjani Radhakrishnan, Emma Tardif, and Ernest Whitaker II.

ORAU awards 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.

Campbell, daughter of Priscilla and Jim Campbell of Oak Ridge, graduated from Oak Ridge High School (ORHS) in 2009. In addition to maintaining a 4.35 grade point average, Campbell has earned recognition as a member of several honor societies and participated in the 2008 Tennessee Governor's School for Emerging Technologies. She has been an active member of ORHS' symphonic and marching bands and has served as drum major/field commander for the latter from 2007 to 2009. She has also volunteered with local organizations, including the American Museum of Science and Energy and the Tennessee Science Bowl. Campbell plans to attend Clemson University to study engineering.

Dickinson, the daughter of Steve and Lisa Dickinson of Oak Ridge, graduated from Oak Ridge High School (ORHS) in 2009. Dickinson is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and National Honor Society. She has participated in numerous ORHS school clubs and activities including the orchestra and chamber orchestra, recycling committee, sailing team, and was a co-founder of the school's environmental club. Outside of school, Dickinson enjoys serving as an active member of the Oak Ridge Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Student Conservation Association. As a rower for the Oak Ridge Rowing Association's Junior Women's Varsity team, she participated in the U.S. Rowing Youth Invitational Nationals, placing 13th in the nation, and she won first place honors in the Southeast Regional Rowing Championship. Dickinson plans to attend the University of Tennessee to pursue a bachelor's degree within the university's College of Arts and Sciences.

Radhakrishnan, daughter of Sudha and Bala Radhakrishnan of Knoxville, graduated from Farragut High School with a 4.4 GPA. An active member of the Admiral Performing Arts Company, she has received numerous honors for competitive acting, including first place finishes at competitions sponsored by the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League. Participating in dozens of extracurricular activities and community service projects, she has served as a four-year representative of the school's Student Government Association and attended the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. Throughout her high school career, Radhakrishnan has also been involved with several organizations including The Empty Stocking Fund, the Boys and Girls Club, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she will study pre-medicine and major in medical anthropology.

Tardif is the daughter of Dick and Suzette Tardif of San Antonio, Texas. Born in Oak Ridge, she is a 2006 graduate of Boerne High School (BHS) in Boerne, Texas, and has earned a Pollard Scholarship for a second time. Currently an undergraduate student at St. Edward's University in Austin, she has received numerous awards for her academic accomplishments. Tardif has been recognized as a member of the Dean's List for the past five semesters and was the recipient of the school's St. Catherine Medal for Community Service, President's Scholarship, Dean's Scholarship and the Brown Scholarship, which specifically enabled her to design and implement a yearlong service project focused on elder care. Tardif also helped found St. Edward's multicultural group, The Unity Coalition, to increase student awareness of social issues. Scheduled to graduate in 2010, Tardif plans to further her education by attending law school.

Whitaker is the son of Ernest and Sheila Whitaker of Knoxville. A 2007 graduate of Webb School of Knoxville and a two-time Pollard Scholarship winner, Whitaker currently attends the United States Military Academy at West Point where he is studying mechanical engineering. Recognized for his academic achievements by earning a spot on the Dean's List, Whitaker has also served as team leader for his squad and was elected as a 3rd Regiment representative to the West Point Honor committee. He was recently selected as a West Point ambassador and also as a member of the 2009 Service Academy Exchange Program participating during the fall semester at the United States Air Force Academy. While at Webb, Whitaker received the William R. Webb III Citizenship Award and was the recipient of the Shane Webb Scholar Athlete award.

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).

Amelia Campbell

Amelia Campbell
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Katherine Dickinson

Katherine Dickinson
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Niranjani Radhakrishnan

Niranjani Radhakrishnan
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Emma Tardif

Emma Tardif
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Ernest Whitaker II

Ernest Whitaker II
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