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ORAU Awards Pollard Scholarships to Bright, Young Students

May 31, 2006

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) recently awarded five William G. Pollard scholarships, at $1,200 each, toward undergraduate studies for the 2006-2007 academic year. The recipients were Elizabeth Dickinson, Catherine Frame, Kathleen Kapolka, Marcus Lowery and Emma Tardif.

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.

Dickinson, the daughter of Steve and Lisa Dickinson of Oak Ridge, is a freshman at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. She is a member of the University Honors Program, a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. An Oak Ridge High School 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.

An Oak Ridge High School graduate, Frame is the daughter of Paul and Barbara Frame of Oak Ridge. She was a swim instructor for Learn-to-Swim and a volunteer swim instructor for the American Red Cross. Frame is past treasurer of her local Girl Scoot troop and is currently serving as vice president. She has volunteered at Willow Brook Elementary School, a year-round school in Oak Ridge, and is interning at Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, a local architectural firm. In the fall, Frame plans to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Kapolka is a Dean’s list freshman in biomedical engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., where she will apply to the physician’s assistant program in the fall. The daughter of Bob and Nikki Kapolka of Norris, Tenn., Kapolka was a Knoxville Catholic High School graduate and Valedictorian of her class. She was a Knoxville News Sentinel Academic Achiever, Knoxville Optimist Club Johnny Mauer Scholar-Athlete Award winner, AP Scholar, and Furman Scholar.

A high honors Roane County High School graduate, Lowery is the son of Maurice and Bonnie Lowery of Harriman, Tenn. He has served as Beta Club president, was a member of Student Council was the recipient of the D.A.R. Good Citizen Award and was voted Most Dependable by his senior class. He was the high school faculty’s choice for the Who’s Who Achievement Award and was also nominated to attend the National Youth Leadership Conference. Lowery will attend community college in the fall, where he plans to major in broadcast journalism and communications with a minor in political science.

Tardif, the daughter of Dick and Suzette Tardif, is a Boerne High School (BHS), Boerne, TX, graduate. She was a first chair baritone and section leader for the BHS marching and concert band, a baritone lesson teacher and superior ratings recipient for solo and ensemble band competitions. She served as secretary and National Health Occupations Students of America week planner where she placed in the top five in regional medical reading and in the top 10 for state persuasive speaking. Tardif earned health science technology student of the year for three consecutive years and was named German Student of the Year. She raised poultry for Future Farmers of America and volunteered for abused and terminally ill children.

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).