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ORAU Awards 2007 Pollard Scholarships to Exceptional Students

May 29, 2007

Oak Ridge, Tenn.—ORAU is awarding five William G. Pollard scholarships, at $1,200 each, toward undergraduate studies for the 2007-2008 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Shanleigh Kate Adler, Julianne Brandt, Andrew Cox, Julie Turner and Ernest Whitaker II.

ORAU awards five Pollard 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 and goals. This year’s scholarship recipients have all achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Adler, daughter of Timothy and Erin Adler of Kingston, is a recent graduate of Roane County High School, also in Kingston. She is a member of the Kingston Teen Council where she served as treasurer during the 2004-2005 year, vice president from 2005-2006, and is currently the organization’s acting president. She has served as a volunteer for the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and Operation Reach. She has also participated in Healthy Start and March of Dimes. Active in her school, Adler played clarinet in the marching band, served on the prom and float committees, and was a member of Key Club. After graduating with high honors in May, Adler will attend the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, this fall, where she plans to study graphic design.

Brandt is the daughter of Angie Brandt of Powell, and Billy Riddle of San Antonio, Texas. She currently attends the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and expects to graduate in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education, Natural Sciences, with special emphasis in biology and chemistry for middle and high school students. A Powell High School graduate, Brandt is a member of the national service sorority Omega Phi Alpha. She has been a volunteer with the Tennessee Science Bowl and has worked for the Wallace Memorial Before and After Care Program over the past year. She currently works with the School Age Child Care Program in Hamilton County. This summer will be her third working with Boy Scouts of America at Camp Buck Toms in Rockwood, Tennessee, where she teaches scouts for the First Aid merit badge.

Cox, a senior in electronic media production at Middle Tennessee State University with expectations to graduate next year, is the son of Richard (Rac) and Sue Tugwell Cox of Knoxville. He is a 2004 graduate of the Christian Academy of Knoxville where he helped his team win the A/AA High School Soccer State Championship in 2003 and 2004. At MTSU he has earned his U.S. Army Airborne Wings and has been distinguished as a ROTC Forest Raider. He was also presented with the Military Order of World Wars Award of Merit. Cox is a member of the Reformed University Fellowship Ministry Team and traveled to Gulf Port, Mississippi to aid in relief efforts there following Hurricane Katrina. Cox’s peers saw fit to cap off his long list of accomplishments by electing him to last year’s MTSU homecoming court.

Turner, daughter of Robert Turner of Knoxville, and Amy Wolfe of Oak Ridge, is a 2007 graduate of Oak Ridge High School. She is a teacher at her synagogue where she teaches Hebrew to 8-10 year olds. She served as president of her school’s International Relations Club during her senior year and as the treasurer the year before. She has been a Girl Scout for 13 years, earning the Silver Award in 2003. Throughout her scouting career, Turner has volunteered for many area churches, as well as the Keystone Elder Daycare Center, Frozen Head State Park, the American Museum of Science and Energy and the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum. She plans to attend Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, this fall.

Whitaker is the son of Ernest and Sheila Whitaker of Knoxville. A 2007 graduate of Webb School of Knoxville, he plans to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point this fall. While at Webb, Whitaker has been a Webb School Ambassador, and a member of the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) organization and the Webb School Honor Committee. He also held the Secretary Treasurer position in Students Against Destructive Decisions. He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the Knoxville Special Olympics. In addition, Whitaker won the Webb School Citizenship Award in 2006, the Shane Webb Scholar Athlete Award in 2007, and was accepted into Who’s Who in American High Schools and the Ventures Scholars Program.

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.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a university consortium leveraging the scientific strength of 98 major research institutions to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies, and private industry. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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).

Shanleigh Adler

Shanleigh Adler. High-resolution version of photo

Julianne Brandt

Julianne Brandt . High-resolution version of photo

Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox. High-resolution version of photo

Julie Turner

Julie Turner. High-resolution version of photo

Julie Turner

Ernest Whitaker II. High-resolution version of photo

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