ORAU announces recipients of 2019 Pollard Scholarships
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships of $2,500 each toward undergraduate studies for the 2019-2020 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Jamie Batson, Alexis Hammond, Ashlyn Ivey, Audra Jean (AJ) Jones 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 Mark Batson and Tresa Batson of Knoxville, Jamie was the salutatorian of Karns High School and a National Merit Finalist in 2019. Jamie was recognized by the KHS staff for many awards for academic excellence, and she was twice selected as the student athlete with the highest grade point average (GPA). She spent many hours on weekends volunteering her time to tutor other KHS students while also working part time. She is pursuing an accounting degree at the University of Tennessee.
Daughter of Derrick and Davyda Hammond of Oak Ridge, Alexis is a 2019 graduate of Oak Ridge High School where she achieved a 4.14 GPA, held membership in the National Honor Society, earned a varsity letter in tennis and participated as a cellist in the ORHS Orchestra. Alexis served as the treasurer of the City of Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board and as the youth representative for the Oak Ridge Traffic Safety Advisory Board. As a member of Oak Valley Baptist Church, she volunteered many hours supporting K-12 STEM outreach programs, local road cleanups, nursing home and homeless shelter visits and charity fundraisers. She is pursuing a chemical engineering degree as an Honor College student at Auburn University.
Daughter of Wade and Jessica Ivey, Ashlyn graduated from Hardin Valley Academy with a 4.4 grade point average and earned a medical assistant certification. She interned at Faculty Internal Medicine and Tennessee Cancer Specialist, and she was a member of Health Occupation Student Association, Youth Health Board, Youth in Government and the National Honors Society. She is pursuing a major in biology on the pre-med track as an Honor College student at the College of Charleston. She plans to attend medical school to become an oncologist. In her spare time, Ashlyn enjoys camping and hiking in the mountains and relaxing at the beach.
Audra Jean (AJ) Jones
Daughter of Karen Chitwood of Oak Ridge, AJ graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 2018 with honors, state honors, and state distinction. She is a political science major at Austin Peay State University where she is has a cumulative GPA of 3.84. She is a member of the Pre-Law Society, National Society of Leadership and Success, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. During the summer, she served as a legal intern with the Seventh Judicial District Public Defender’s Office in Clinton. She plans to attend law school and become a criminal defense attorney.
Daughter of Mike and Kathy Adcox Mahathy of Oak Ridge, Olivia graduated in 2018 with state honors from Oak Ridge High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and the ORS Secret City Wildbots robotics team. She served as concertmaster of the ORHS orchestra, and she played in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra for five years. She is pursuing a degree in business with a minor in music at Tennessee Tech University. She serves as a resident assistant at the international dorm and was awarded the Best Residential Community Award as a freshman. Olivia sees her biggest asset as helping other people achieve their potential.
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).