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ORAU awards 2012 Pollard Scholarships

ORAU has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships at $1,200 each, toward undergraduate studies for the 2012-2013 academic year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2012
FY12-33

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships at $1,200 each, toward undergraduate studies for the 2012-2013 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Julie Davis, Krista Marie Ellis, Carolyn Huppmann, Eric Meissner and Austin Scircle.

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.

Davis, daughter of Mark and Elaine Davis of Oak Ridge, Tenn., currently attends Carson Newman College where she has a 4.0 grade point average. As a member of the Carson Newman Student Ambassador Association, she plays a vital leadership role in numerous campus events, especially those involving alumni that influence the present and the future of the school’s educational mission. Davis is also a member of the Bonner Scholarship Program, a community-service-based organization that strives to create community leaders who can stop social injustices at their sources, and has presently completed a total of 220 hours of community service. Davis has traveled to Bulgaria, the Dominican Republic and Malawi to complete community service and is pursuing a double major in religion and social entrepreneurship with a minor in human services. Her goal is to one day establish orphanages in underdeveloped countries around the world. An aspiring artist, Davis recently had a piece selected for display during the Dogwood Arts Festival and has had several pieces selected for shows at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Ellis is the daughter of Ann and Edward Smith of Stafford, Va. and Vincent Ellis, also of Stafford Va., and is receiving the Pollard Scholarship for a second consecutive year. 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 double major in chemistry and biology, Ellis is pursuing a career in the medical field and is considering a specialization in dermatology. She is a member of the Pre- Health Professions Club, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and was selected for Longwood’s Honors College. Ellis also was admitted to Ambassadors, which gives incoming students tours of the college campus, and Beta Beta Beta, a biological honors society. For almost five years Ellis has also held part-time jobs and is currently working as an assistant for a stockbroker.

Huppmann is the daughter of John and Pamela Huppmann of Knoxville, Tenn. and recent graduate of Hardin Valley Academy. Huppmann was on the Honor Roll throughout her entire high school career, became a member of the National Honors Society in 2011, and was instrumental in establishing her school’s recycling program. As the student volunteer coordinator for ORAU’s Employees’ Club Program, Huppmann has coordinated many events such as Lunch with Santa and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Huppmann plans to attend the Tennessee Technology University where she will study sustainable agriculture. After graduating from college, Huppmann hopes to own her own farm and use it as an example of a sustainable environment.

Meissner, the son of Terry and Sandy Meissner of Cedar City, Utah, is a 2012 graduate from Canyon View High School and plans to attend Utah State University to pursue a degree in nuclear engineering. Among other activities, Meissner is the stage manager for all high school productions and the public relations representative for his school’s chapter of Skills USA. Active in his community, Meissner is a member of the Iron County Community Emergency Response Team, where he has learned how to help his community during a disaster through activities such as medical triage, first aid care, incident command, and search and rescue. Meissner has also performed activities critical to the success of Advanced Disaster Life Support classes by working as a logistics technician for Infinite Contingency Group Inc. and for Emergency Services Consultants, Inc.

Scircle, son of Sherry and John Scircle of Powell, Tenn., recently graduated from Powell High School with a 4.23 grade point average. Currently the president of the Arrive Alive Club, a safe driving club at his high school, Scircle has planned safe driving week at his school for the previous two years, and also played varsity tennis throughout his high school career. Scircle has also had multiple leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America, including assistant scoutmaster for his Boy Scout Troop and vice president of his scouting Venture Crew. Active in his community, Scircle has been a member of the Beta Club, a community service organization, for three years. After high school, Scircle plans to attend Wofford College where he has been awarded the Benjamin Wofford Scholarship, and will study chemistry, an interest he discovered while completing a research program for the University of Tennessee’s chemistry department. Through his interest in chemistry, Scircle hopes to continue on to medical school and one day become a surgeon.

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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Eric Meissner

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Austin Scircle

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