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2011 William G. Pollard Scholarship winners

ORAU awards $1,200 scholarships to five outstanding students who are children of ORAU employees

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April 29, 2011
FY11-27

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships at $1,200 each, toward undergraduate studies for the 2011-2012 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Kelsey Byanne Adler, Krista Marie Ellis, Peter Hagemeyer, Tucker McClanahan and Mallory Wolfe Turner.

ORAU awards these 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.

Adler, daughter of Timothy and Erin Adler of Kingston, Tenn., currently attends Roane County High School where she has a 4.0 grade point average. An active member of her community and president of the school’s chapter of the Young Democrats Club, she also volunteers with the Salvation Army, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and to help her local Boy Scout troop. In addition, she partnered with teachers to found the high school’s recycling program. Adler plays first-chair flute with the Roane County High School Marching/Concert Band and was selected in 2010 to play with both the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association Senior Clinic and the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra. While still in high school, Adler has taken classes at Roane State Community College where she has also maintained a 4.0 grade point average. She has been awarded academic scholarships and will complete her bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee. She is considering several fields of study including archeology, photography and literature.

Ellis is the daughter of Ann and Edward Smith of Stafford, Va. and Vincent Ellis, also of Stafford Va. She graduated from Mountain View High School in 2010 with a 4.3 grade point average and currently attends Longwood University in Farmville, Va. With a 4.0 in her nursing program, Ellis is pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner and is considering a specialization in dermatology. She is a member of the Student Nursing Chapter, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and was selected for Longwood’s Honors College. Ellis volunteers with a local food bank FACES Food Pantry and enjoys supporting children’s charities such as the March of Dimes. For almost four years Ellis has also held part-time jobs and is currently working as an assistant for a stockbroker.

Hagemeyer, the son of Derek and Susan Hagemeyer of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is graduating from Oak Ridge High School in 2011 with a 3.7 grade point average. He regularly participates in mission trips in the U.S., running day camps and doing construction. An active member of student government, Hagemeyer is currently serving as president of the student council. He has volunteered with Second Harvest Food Bank, Autism Speaks, and Soles for Souls. An accomplished musician, Hagemeyer plays the cello in the high school orchestra, but also plays the guitar, ukulele and drums. Hagemeyer will attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His academic interests include history and economics, and he is considering a career in law. However, the cross-country runner admits he also dreams of leading expeditions in the Yukon, New Zealand and Tibet.

McClanahan, the son of Donald and Kimberly McClanahan of Knoxville, Tenn., is graduating from Powell High School in 2011 with a 4.23 grade point average. Among other activities, he is captain of the school debate team, beta club member and plays trombone in both the marching and concert bands. Active in his community and church, McClanahan has participated in mission trips within the U.S. and abroad, and volunteers to support children and the elderly. Leveraging his musical and technical skills, he serves as the sound engineer and multimedia presentation lead for ministry events at his church. McClanahan will attend the University of Tennessee in the fall where he plans to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nuclear engineering. He was recently selected for an internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and hopes to one day join a research facility full-time conducting research in either nuclear energy or nuclear medicine.

Turner, daughter of Robert Turner of Heiskell and Amy Wolfe of Knoxville, Tenn., is receiving the Pollard Scholarship for the second consecutive year. She graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 2010 and currently attends the University of South Carolina where she has a 4.0 grade point average. With a strong love for languages, humanities and the arts, Turner has already developed a diverse resume of experiences. Among other activities, she has served as a Hebrew school teacher, plays the cello, has 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. During her freshman year of college, she is exploring her interests in psychology, marketing, Spanish and public health. Her goal is to become a social advocate and entrepreneur.

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).

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Kelsey Bryanne Adler

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Krista Marie Ellis
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Peter Hagemeyer

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Tucker McClanahan

Tucker McClanahan
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Mallory Wolfe Turner

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