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ORAU awards 2013 Pollard Scholarships

ORAU has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships at $1,200 each, toward undergraduate studies for the 2013-2014 academic year

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June 6, 2013
FY13-15

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships at $1,200 each, toward undergraduate studies for the 2013-2014 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Julie Davis, Madeline Gibson, Alexis Hagemeyer, Carolyn Huppmann, and Valeria Sanabria-Sugarman.

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.

Julie 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 600 hours of community service. Davis has traveled to Bulgaria, the Dominican Republic and Malawi to complete community service and is currently spending eight weeks in Ghana where she is teaching English, music and art. She is pursuing dual degrees in Social Entrepreneurship and Religion, with a master’s degree in social work. Her goal is to establish a non-profit program that helps prevent abuse toward women and children.

Madeline Gibson is the daughter of Robert Gibson of Knoxville, Tenn., and a current student at Farragut High School where she holds a 4.0 grade point average. Gibson has remained on the Distinguished Honor Roll throughout her high school career and has been an active member of the cross country varsity team since her freshman year. In 2012, Gibson won the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in Writing and was a National Merit Finalist in 2013. A member of the National Honor Society, Gibson has served on her school newspaper for the previous two years and was voted “Most Likely to Write the Entire Newspaper” by her peers. Gibson also is very active in her church youth group and choir, acting as a youth retreat and volunteer leader. Although she does not know which college she will attend, Gibson’s desire is to have a career in which she can continue to be intellectually stimulated.

Alexis Hagemeyer, daughter of Derek Hagemeyer of Oak Ridge, Tenn., currently attends Oak Ridge High School where she is the senior class president. Hagemeyer, who holds a 4.0 grade point average, also acts as president of the school’s French club, president of the Senior Steering Committee and has held a variety of responsibilities with the Masquers, the high school’s drama club. A United States Soccer Federation referee for four years, Hagemeyer has also volunteered for many community organizations such as Water Angels and Mile Ministries. She has completed a variety of summer outreach trips with her church, traveling to West Virginia, Florida and Wyoming. Hagemeyer plans to attend the University of Tennessee in the fall, and her long-term goal is to make a positive impact on her community.

Carolyn Huppmann is the daughter of John and Pamela Huppmann of Knoxville, Tenn. and attends Tennessee Technological University where she is working toward an undergraduate degree in Environmental and Sustainable Studies. Huppmann is a member of the TTU Honors College, Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honors Society and has made Dean's list the past two semesters. As president of the Student Environmental Action Coalition Huppmann has organized clean-up events, identified green initiatives. Huppmann is also a board member for the Sustainable Campus Committee, where she has helped establish an energy-producing fitness room and solar powered charging tables around campus. 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. After graduation, Huppmann would like to become a sustainability consultant and assist larger agricultural companies to function on a more sustainable level.

Valeria Sanabria-Sugarman, the daughter of Steve and Caprina Sugarman of Knoxville, Tenn., currently attends the Hardin Valley Academy where she holds a 3.76 grade point average. Originally from Columbia, Sanabria-Sugarman is fluent in both Spanish and English and is currently taking dual-enrollment classes at Pellissippi State Community College. A member of the National Honor Society, Sanabria-Sugarman also serves as treasurer for the HVA Leo Club and is an active member of the Student Government Association. Sanabria-Sugarman has served as a medical interpreter for the Senior Portfolio Program at Hardin Valley Academy and at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital as a Volun“teen.” It was through these experiences that Sanabria-Sugarman decided to pursue a degree in nursing, with a specialization in pediatrics, and will begin her studies at the University of Tennessee in the fall.

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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Valeria Sanabria-Sugarman

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