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ORAU Awards 2010 Pollard Scholarships to Outstanding Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2010
FY10-41

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships at $1,200 each, toward undergraduate studies for the 2010-2011 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Julie Cox, Nicholas Joseph Martino, Andrew E. Nist, Mallory Wolfe Turner and Emily Kate Wambach.

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.

Cox, daughter of Richard “Rac” and Sue Cox, of Antioch, Tenn., graduated from Christian Academy of Knoxville in 2005 with a 3.83 grade point average. She regularly participates in mission trips to a variety of Third World countries including Jamaica, Guatemala, Mexico and the Philippines. It was because of a recent mission trip to the Philippines that Cox realized she wanted to combine her desire to help the poor and underprivileged with a healthcare-focused education. Cox currently attends two schools—Volunteer State Community College where she is completing her prerequisites for the an associate’s degree in nursing and The Institute for Global Outreach Developments International where she is pursuing a master’s in missiology, the study of international missions, which requires students to study the language of the people whom they plan to serve. Eventually, Cox plans to transfer to Tennessee State University with an expected 2012 graduation date.

Martino, son of Freddy and Dr. Cheryl Gray of Maryville, Tenn., is graduating May 2010 from William Blount High School. In addition to taking honors classes, Martino served as an assistant in the student affairs office and was also a ‘peer buddy’ for the school’s special education department. Martino is actively involved in numerous church and community activities including raising money and increasing awareness for diabetes, serving as a youth leader for his church’s pre-teen group, working behind the scenes to help coordinate the Living Christmas Tree performance, and participating in the Roane State Academic Festival for the past three years. Martino will begin the 2010-2011 school year as a pre-medical student at the University of Tennessee. He is considering a Ph.D. in chemistry, but the bassist and electric guitar player also acknowledges a strong desire to study music.

Nist, the son of Kelly and Jeff Nist of Knoxville, Tenn., is a 2007 graduate of Halls High School and a current student at Carson Newman College. Expected to graduate in 2011, Nist currently holds a 3.76 grade point average and is pursuing a double major in history and political science with a minor in military science under the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps—or ROTC. After completing his undergraduate studies, Nist plans to attend law school and eventually become a Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps attorney in the United States Army. He has been selected for membership in five different national honor societies, including Mortar Board, a national society that chooses its membership based on scholarship, leadership and service. Nist was chosen by the U.S. Army from a pool of 4,000 cadets nationwide to travel to China and study the Chinese culture. The Army also selected him to attend an ethics seminar at West Point Military Academy where attendees from as far away as Russia gathered to discuss issues facing today’s society. 

Turner, the daughter of Robert Turner of Heiskell and Amy Wolfe of Knoxville, Tenn., is graduating from Oak Ridge High School in June 2010 with a 4.27 grade point average. With a strong love for languages, humanities and the arts, Turner has developed a diverse collection of experiences during her high school career. Among other activities, she has served as a Hebrew school teacher, mastered the art of cello playing, taken voice lessons, acted in musical theater at both the Clarence Brown Theater and The Oak Ridge Playhouse, traveled abroad as a foreign exchange student to Japan, and participated in her high school’s International Relations Club and annual North American Invitational Model United Nations conferences. With a strong background in Spanish, Turner plans to expand her knowledge of the language and culture by studying abroad during her college years. Turner will attend the University of South Carolina honors program next fall. Adding to the variety of talents she already possesses, Turner is considering a career that would allow her to work with newborns or young children.

Wambach, daughter of Robert and Janet Wambach of Knoxville, Tenn., is graduating from Karns High School May 2010 with a 3.8 grade point average. Among her many school activities and leadership roles, Wambach got a head-start on her undergraduate studies by enrolling in several advanced placement courses at Pellissippi State Community College. Throughout high school, Wambach developed a strong foundation in the German language, and the experience has led her to consider a career related to other foreign languages—including Japanese. She believes a career as a translator could be in high demand with the increasing popularity of Japanese-based media and with corporations who conduct business in Japan. Outside of school, Wambach served as a volunteer at Young Williams Animal Shelter and she acknowledges the experience has inspired her to also consider a career working with animals. Wambach has chosen to attend Indiana’s Valparaiso University in fall 2010, a school that accommodates both these occupations and will allow her some time to make that decision.

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).

Julie Cox

Julie Cox
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Nicholas Joseph Martino
Nicholas Joseph Martino
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Andrew Nist

Andrew Nist
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Mallory Wolfe Turner

Mallory Wolfe Turner
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Emily Wambach

Emily Wambach
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