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ORAU Awards Pollard Scholarships

June 8, 2005

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) recently awarded five William G. Pollard scholarships, at $1,200 each, toward undergraduate studies for the 2005-2006 academic year. The recipients were Elise Campbell, Julie Cox, Elizabeth Dickinson, Kathleen Kapolka and Samantha Wolf.

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.

An Oak Ridge High School (ORHS) graduate, Campbell is the daughter of Priscilla and Jim Campbell of Oak Ridge. She was a member of the ORHS band where she received the most outstanding band member award and served as drum major. Campbell was awarded most outstanding drum major at the Choo-Choo Classic Marching Festival, second place drum major at the Tusculum College Marching Festival, the Daughters of the American Revolution Patriotism Award, Community Foundation Award for International Relations, Duke Talent Award and placed on the National Honor Roll and Who's Who Among American High School Students. A VolunTeen, Campbell volunteered at the Oak Ridge Library and is involved with the Manhattan Project, a special program that has her serving as a mentor for at-risk children. A member of First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, she served as an elder on the Session and a delegate to the East Tennessee Youth Council. She received second place at the Particle Accelerator Conference and was awarded the Youth Advisory Board's Leadership Scholarship and the Bradley Sturm Memorial Scholarship. Currently, she is participating in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Higher Education Research Experiences program. In the fall, Campbell plans to attend Virginia Tech where she will major in mechanical engineering and minor in business.

Cox, daughter of Rac and Sue Cox of Knoxville, graduated from the Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) where she served as president of her junior class, a member of student senate and captain of the CAK dance team. A member of the Mu Alpha Theta math club and the CAK worship band, Cox was also inducted into the National Honor Society and received the Scholastic Art and Writing Merit Award for Excellence in visual arts and photography. She was selected as the Distinguished Christian High School Student, for achievement in Christian service and leadership; for the Agape Award, for seeking excellence and demonstrating integrity, leadership and a servant’s heart; as Homecoming Queen; and as Ms. CAK 2005. Cox has studied both piano and dance for more than ten years. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she will major in nursing.

Dickinson, daughter of Steve and Lisa Dickinson of Oak Ridge, is an ORHS graduate. Dickinson was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society and received a Scholastic Gold Key Award in 3-D Art. As a rower for the Oak Ridge Rowing Association’s Junior Women’s Varsity team, she participated in the U.S. Rowing Youth Invitational Nationals, placing twelfth in the nation twice and thirteenth once, and she competed in the Southeast Regional Rowing Championship, placing second twice and first once. Dickinson has volunteered with the community service organization Interact Club, Youth Leadership Development Community Involvement Program and Oak Ridge Rowing Association. In the fall, Dickinson plans to attend the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, where she will be a member of the University Honors Program.

A Knoxville Catholic High School (KCHS) graduate, Kapolka is the daughter of Bob and Nikki Kapolka of Norris. Valedictorian of her class, Kapolka was a Knoxville News Sentinel Academic Achiever, Knoxville Optimist Club Johnny Mauer Scholar-Athlete Award winner, AP Scholar, Furman Scholar and Who’s Who Among America’s High School Student. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta math club, and she received an honorable mention at the Ossoli Student Art Competition. Kapolka was a co-captain of the KCHS varsity softball team and a member of the community service organizations Bridge Builders and Interact Club. She has volunteered for the Norris Lions’ Club, Relay for Life, Race for the Cure, Anderson County School’s Camp Discovery, and has served as an alter server at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Norris. In the fall, she will attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., and major in biomedical engineering.

Wolf, daughter of Martin and Monica Wolf, of Fairfax, Va., is a philosophy student at the University of Virginia (UVA) where she was accepted into the honors program. She is an Echols Scholar, a distinction that spans her college career. Wolf graduated valedictorian from James W. Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, where she received an International Baccalaureate Diploma. Currently a rising junior, Wolf has been on the Dean’s List each semester at UVA. She volunteers her time, through the student organization Madison House, working with elementary students. She also provides tutoring in math as a volunteer at Charlottesville High School for the Special Needs Program. Wolf trained to be a mentor for at-risk middle school girls through the Young Women’s Leader Program. She expects to graduate from UVA in 2007.

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 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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