Jenkins receives STEM award

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Roane State Community College freshman Wes Jenkins, a graduate of Harriman High School, has been awarded a $2,500 STEM Scholarship by B&W Y-12.

The award is part of B&W Y-12’s ongoing support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Recipients of the B&W Y-12 STEM Scholarship must be full-time students at Roane State pursuing a degree in one of the STEM fields of study.

Jenkins plans to major in biology. If his career unfolds as planned, he’ll be teaching high school biology and nurturing new STEM students.

He is intrigued by the body systems and how they work together.

“I had several learning problems when I was younger,” Jenkins said. “Earning this scholarship makes me feel like I have succeeded in overcoming them and recognizes my hard work to become a good student.”

Roane State freshman Sara Lemmonds also received the scholarship. She is a graduate of Oak Ridge High School.

B&W Y-12 STEM Scholarship applicants submitted an essay addressing why a STEM education is important to them.

Other factors for selection included high-school academic performance and extracurricular involvement.

B&W Y-12 commercialization manager Jeremy Benton initiated the scholarship and coordinated with the Roane State Foundation to establish the opportunity for incoming freshmen.

With firsthand awareness of the increasing workplace demand for individuals with scientific and technical skills, Benton realizes the importance of investing in a future work force.

Confident that “providing students an incentive to pursue STEM fields of education helps ensure we have a new generation to lead in innovation and technology,” Benton believes that “offering the scholarship is a win not only for Y-12 but also for our community and our country.”

B&W Y-12, a limited liability enterprise of The Babcock and Wilcox Co. and Bechtel National Inc., was selected to operate the Y-12 National Security Complex for the National Nuclear Security Administration in