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ORAU Awards Pollard Scholarships

June 23, 2004

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) recently awarded five William G. Pollard scholarships at $1,200 each toward undergraduate studies for the 2004-2005 academic year. The recipients were Ashley Butturini, Andrew Cox, Sarah Lesesne, Mrinalini Radhakrishnan and Heather Nichole Terry.

The scholarships, presented in honor of ORAU founder William G. Pollard, are awarded annually to area students who display outstanding academic achievement in high school or undergraduate studies and who are children of ORAU employees.

University of Tennessee sophomore Ashley Butturini is the daughter of Rick and Janet Butturini of Oak Ridge. She is majoring in advertising with minors in business and Spanish. She is a member of the Lady Vols varsity rowing team, Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Lady Vol Academic Honor Roll and is a Volunteer Scholarship recipient. At Oak Ridge High School (ORHS), she was a National Merit Commended Student and a member of the National Honor Society. Butturini won the Presidential Silver Award for Community Service in VolunTEEN Corps, a program matching interested teens with community agencies to provide volunteer opportunities. She was also a member of the ORHS varsity cheerleading squad, cross-country team, track team, Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Chamber Singers.

Andrew Cox, son of Rac and Sue Cox of Knoxville, is a recent graduate of the Christian Academy of Knoxville where he served on the student senate and as a class officer. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Club, is an All-American Scholar and was nominated for the National Science Merit Award. Cox received the school’s Integrity Award from classmates and the Distinguished Christian High School Student Award from the faculty. He lettered in soccer for four years, with his team winning the state A/AA championship in 2003 and 2004, and swam on both school and summer league swim teams. In the fall he plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University and major in mass communications focusing on electronic video production.

University of Richmond student Sarah Lesesne is the daughter of John and Nancy Lesesne of Oak Ridge. Selected as a University Scholar, Lesesne is a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She was ranked second in her graduating class at ORHS where she was a member of the National Honor Society and was named a National Merit Commended Student. As an Oak Ridge Rowing Association team member, she won first place in the Southeast Rowing Championship two years in a row. Lesesne was chosen to participate in an internship at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Metals and Ceramics Division this summer.

Georgia Institute of Technology senior Mrinalini Radhakrishnan is the daughter of Bala and Sudha Radhakrishnan of Knoxville. A Farragut High School graduate, she is pursuing an industrial and systems engineering degree and a pre-law certificate. Radhakrishnan has been on the dean’s list at Georgia Tech and was nominated for the Women’s Engineering Award. She was also selected for Lambda Sigma and as a National Collegiate Scholar. While at Georgia Tech she has worked for GE Power Systems and the university’s Office of Legal Affairs. She has served as the team leader for the Georgia Tech Industrial and Systems Engineering Department involvement in an interdisciplinary project in collaboration with John Deere. Radhakrishnan is interested in attending law school upon graduation.

Heather Nichole Terry, daughter of Cheryl Terry of Rockwood, is a recent graduate of Rockwood High School (RHS). While attending RHS, Terry was a member of the National Honor Roll, was secretary of her freshman class and received the 2004 Character Counts Achievement Award. She was also the recipient of the Future Stars of America and Mildred Pemberton and Sue Miller Scholarships. Terry was involved in the Mission of Hope, Operation Reach and Future Stars of America. She was a member of the Jr. Civitan and BETA Clubs and served as secretary of the student marketing organization DECA. She plans to enter Roane State Community College in the fall and to participate in a transfer program to Tennessee Technological University, where she will pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education.

William G. Pollard Scholarships were established in 1996 as part of ORAU’s 50th anniversary celebration and recognize Dr. Pollard’s dedication to science and education. A University of Tennessee physics professor, Pollard founded the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (which later became Oak Ridge Associated Universities) 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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