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ORAU announces recipients of 2016 Pollard Scholarships

Five students receive $2,500 each toward undergraduate studies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2016
FY16-37

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships of $2,500 each toward undergraduate studies for the 2016-2017 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Emma Batson, Rachel Baxter, Myia Copeland, Christopher Friend and James Maze.

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.

Below are additional details on each of this year’s winners:

Emma Batson, the daughter of Mark Batson and Teresa Thompson Batson of Knoxville, Tenn., graduated from Karns High School in 2016 with a 4.49 GPA and plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall. Batson was valedictorian of her class, a National Merit Scholarship finalist and a member of her school’s National Honor Society. Batson, an avid reader, has volunteered countless hours at the Karns library. She also has played piano for more than 10 years and was a member of the Karns High School Marching Band. Although Batson has many interests including science, math, foreign languages, art and music, she has decided to pursue a degree in physics.

Rachel Baxter, daughter of Wayne and Kimberly Baxter of Friendsville, Tenn., is a junior in the pre-nursing program at East Tennessee State University. She currently carries a 3.8 GPA and has attained Dean’s List status for four consecutive semesters. She is a member Phi Sigma Pi and Sigma Epsilon Pi and organizes events for the fraternities’ service committees. Baxter is currently employed as a nursing technician at Bristol Regional Medical Center. As a student with a military interest and the daughter of two registered nurses, Baxter aspires to become an Air Force flight nurse.

Myia Copeland, daughter of Chris and DeAnna Copeland of Harriman, Tenn., is a 2016 graduate of Knoxville Christian High School (KSC) where she graduated with honors and held a 3.5 GPA. Copeland plans to attend Pellissippi State Community College for two years before transferring to a four-year college. While in high school she was student council vice president and yearbook co-editor and head photographer. Copeland received the KCS citizenship award for four consecutive years, as well as the KCS Sword of the Spirit Award. Copeland has completed a number of mission trips and plans to major in social work with an emphasis in child and family studies.

Christopher Friend, son of Loretta Friend of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is a 2015 graduate of Oak Ridge High School and current sophomore at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), where he is majoring in computer science with a concentration in information technology. During Friend’s time at ETSU he has been active in the Governor’s Hall Council, the Student Government Association Junior Senate and the International Friends Program. Friend is working this summer as a recreation leader for the City of Oak Ridge and in the coming year will be a resident advisor for ETSU’s Department of Housing and Resident Life.

James Timothy Maze, son of Chester and Lori Maze of Lenoir City, Tenn., is a 2016 graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School with a 4.46 GPA. With plans to attend Virginia Tech in August, Maze intends to focus his studies on the potential use of chemistry for addressing current and future environmental. While at Knoxville Catholic Maze was a member of the National Honor Society, the mathematics honor society Mu Alpha Theta and the National Latin Honor Society. Maze played lacrosse throughout his high school career and was instrumental in starting the lacrosse program at the Middlebrook Boys and Girls Club.

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.

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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