ORAU announces recipients of 2018 Pollard Scholarships
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships of $2,500 each toward undergraduate studies for the 2018-2019 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Radha Awasthi, Emma K. Batson, Natalie Campbell, Adam Dupes and Olivia Mahathy.
Each year, ORAU awards these scholarships to 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.
The William G. Pollard Scholarship Awards are presented in honor of ORAU’s founder in 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.
Below are additional details on each of this year’s winners:
Daughter of Ritu and Revendra Awasthi of Oak Ridge, Radha graduated from Oak Ridge High School with a 3.89 GPA. She is attending the University of Tennessee enrolled in the Chancellor’s Honors program. She plans to major in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology. As a high school senior, she was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in the Math/Science Thesis program. She conducted research on neutron scattering data at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Her team won the semifinalist position at the Siemens Competition upon submission of a research paper. This summer, she was granted an internship at the Spallation Neutron Source at ORNL to research diffuse crystallography patterns. She has served as a volunteer at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge and received the Presidential Award from the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge for giving more than 100 hours of volunteer service. She has been an Indian classical dancer for 11 years.
Emma K. Batson
Daughter of Mark Batson and Tresa Batson of Knoxville, Emma is a 2016 graduate of Karns High School, a graduate of Roane State Community College, and a junior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is pursuing a double major in physics and electrical engineering. Her primary field of study is quantum computing. Last summer while working for the Electric Power Research Institute in Knoxville, she made a smart inverter simulator on Raspberry Pi, a computer often used for learning problem solving and programming. Recently, Emma completed a summer internship with MIT Lincoln Laboratory. She wrote a program to automate the measurement of superconducting resonators to assist in fabricating quantum bits, the basic units of information in a quantum computer. She is the treasurer for the Student Information Processing Board, which provides computing services for students, by students.
Daughter of Bryan and Kimberley Campbell of Knoxville, is starting her second year at the University of Tennessee where she is majoring in special education. She graduated from Bearden High School in 2017, where she earned varsity letters in track and cross country for four years, won homecoming queen in 2017, and was voted Top Dawg, an award for the best all-around student in terms of academics, school spirit and citizenship, by the school faculty her senior year. At UT, she participated in the IGNITE program for incoming freshmen in 2017, and became an IGNITE team leader for 2018 in which she will help incoming freshmen take part in community volunteer projects. She was named to the Dean’s List for her freshman year and has served as a volunteer member of the Campus Events Board. As a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, she has served on mission trips to Kenya and Haiti and served as a middle school girls volunteer leader and Sunday School teacher.
Son of Alan and Wendy Dupes of Knoxville, Adam graduated from Karns High School with a 4.22 GPA in 2018. Dupes completed numerous advanced placement courses and earned an honors diploma while working part time. Serving as executive vice president of the Student Government Association, Dupes organized several community events and prepared Thanksgiving food baskets for families in Karns. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Principal’s Advisory Committee and KHS choral ensemble. He lettered as a member of the varsity cross country and track teams. He is attending the University of Tennessee to pursue a degree in interior architecture.
Daughter of Mike and Kathy Adcox Mahathy of Oak Ridge, Olivia graduated with state honors from Oak Ridge High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and the ORHS Secret City Wildbots robotics team. The team was world finalist in 2015 and world quarter finalist in 2017 and 2018. A violinist, she was awarded participation in Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in 2016. She served as concertmaster of the ORHS orchestra, and she played in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra for five years. She is enrolled at Tennessee Tech University and will pursue a degree in chemical engineering with a minor in music.
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 150 colleges and universities, 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).