ORAU announces 2021 Oak Ridge Pollard scholarship recipients
ORAU awarded five William G. Pollard scholarships of $ 2,500 each for undergraduate study for the 2021-2022 academic year. This year’s scholarship recipients are Semilore (Semmy) Abiodun-Adeniyi, Olivia Campbell, Olivia Hudson, Sara Malicoat and Trisha Prater.
Each year, ORAU awards these scholarships to children or stepchildren of employees who display outstanding achievement in their high school or undergraduate education, according to a press release. 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 professional and personal interests.
The William G. Pollard Scholarships are awarded in honor of the founder of ORAU in recognition of his dedication to science and education. A physics professor at the University of Tennessee, Pollard founded the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies – later to become ORAU – to link the valuable scientific resources developed at Oak Ridge as part of the Manhattan Project with regional universities.
Son of Foluso Abiodun Adeniyi of Oak Ridge, Semilore (Semmy) Abiodun-Adeniyi graduated with honors from Oak Ridge High School in 2021. This fall he is attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, majoring in computer science. He said that computer science has been a passion for him since college and that he plans to become a software engineer after graduating. He plays the violin and has experience in the piano. His hobbies include coding, drawing and reading.
Daughter of Bryan and Kimberley Campbell of Knoxville, Olivia Campbell attended East Tennessee State University and majored in Spanish with a triple minor in dance, linguistics and K-12 instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL). She said she hopes to someday teach English as a second language abroad and in the United States. She is doing an internship this summer with the Latino Student Fund in Washington, DC, where she teaches ESL classes. In addition to focusing on Spanish, she organizes weekly campus tours and is the president of the Expedition Leaders tour association. She also teaches tap dancing in Johnson City and Jonesborough to children and adults.
Daughter of Paul and Natascha Hudson of Coalfield, Olivia Hudson is a second year student at Tennessee Technological University. She said she enjoys learning, reading, writing and playing sports. She has participated in the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Creative Writing Club, the Remote Area Medical Clinic, and the Chemical Medical Club. She has completed a novel and is in the process of having it published. She has already published a book of poems called “Even a white rose casts a black shadow”. She said she is excited to pursue her goal of becoming a cardiologist and wants to be able to give back to her community and hopes she can make a difference in someone’s life.
Daughter of Steve and Julie Malicoat of Lake City, Sara Malicoat graduated in 2021 from Powell High School, where she graduated with honors and distinction. She received the Dual Enrollment Scholar Award for completing 12 hours of dual enrollment courses, while working part time. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Business Director of Annual Staff. She said she loved animals and was passionate about helping others. She is involved in many volunteer activities, including Knox Area Rescue Ministries, and will soon be starting with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. She is currently enrolled at Pellissippi State Community College and will pursue a career in pediatric oncology.
Daughter of Shannon Prater of Philadelphia, Tennessee, Trisha Prater is an alumnus of Midway High School and Roane State Community College. She is currently a future senior at Tennessee Tech University, majoring in elementary education. She earned a 4.0 GPA while studying at Tennessee Tech University and was on the Dean’s List every semester. She said she plans to get her college approval, as well as her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She is currently a substitute teacher for elementary and middle schools at Roane County Schools. She said she liked her job. When she’s not at school or at work, she says, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and shopping.