Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Media Contact: Bill Cabage (cabagewh@ornl.gov)
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ORHS's Chris Ludtka receives four-year UT-Battelle Scholarship

ORNL Director Thom Mason congratulates Oak Ridge High School senior Chris Ludtka on receiving the UT-Battelle Scholarship.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 10, 2011 — Chris Ludtka, a senior at Oak Ridge High School, is the recipient of the 2011 UT-Battelle Scholarship, a four-year scholarship to the University of Tennessee awarded by the managing contractor of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The $20,000 scholarship, presented annually to a graduating senior with a parent who works at ORNL, is designed for top students who plan to study science, engineering or mathematics at UT.

Ludtka will gain national laboratory experience this summer as a co-op student. Both his parents are ORNL staff members in the Materials Science and Technology Division. His father, Gerard Ludtka -- a past winner of the Department of Energy's prestigious E.O. Lawrence Award for materials research -- and mother, Gail Mackiewicz-Ludtka, are both researchers in the Materials Processing group.

Chris, who has a 4.0 (unweighted) and 4.47 (weighted) grade-point average at Oak Ridge High School, initially intends to pursue a general engineering field of study at UT. He is a National Merit Scholarship finalist, a College Board AP Scholar, attended the 2010 Governor's School for the Humanities, ran varsity cross-country track and holds a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

In his scholarship essay, Chris expressed interest in research toward development of alternative energy sources. "It is my hope to utilize interdisciplinary research efforts to help realize this vision of more green and sustainable energy sources to improve the quality of human life," he wrote.

The UT-Battelle scholarship is a competitive award, distributed in $5,000 increments over four years of undergraduate study at UT.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.