Two "Wacker Science Award" Scholarships Presented To Bradley County Students

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Pictured:  Dr. Konrad Bachhuber with recipient Collin Gwaltney from Bradley Central High School
Pictured: Dr. Konrad Bachhuber with recipient Collin Gwaltney from Bradley Central High School

Two $1,000 Wacker Science Award scholarships were presented to graduating high school seniors this week.  The Award was presented at Walker Valley High School on Tuesday to Savannah Craig, and at Bradley Central High School on Monday to Collin Gwaltney.

Dr. Konrad Bachhuber, vice president and site manager at Wacker Polysilicon North America, recognized the two recipients at each of their schools’ senior class awards nights.

“We selected Savannah Craig and Collin Gwaltney for this award because they both recognize how science can improve the lives of others,” said Dr.

Bachhuber.  “They share an enthusiasm and excitement for all that is possible with a career in science, and will use that enthusiasm to help make the world a better place.”

In addition to the scholarship, Dr. Bachhuber awarded both students with a plaque and a copy of the 100th anniversary edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics by William M. Haynes (editor).  Both Ms. Craig and Mr. Gwaltney receive eligibility for an internship at Wacker Polysilicon North America during their Junior or Senior years at college as part of this award.

Ms. Craig plans to study medicine at Middle Tennessee State University.  Mr. Gwaltney plans to study mechanical engineering at Tennessee Technological University.

“It is our goal with the Wacker Science Award to support and encourage students who demonstrate a strong aptitude and passion for science,” added Dr. Bachhuber.

The Wacker Science Award is a $1,000 scholarship, applied directly to college tuition, for the most eligible student who submitted an essay which best answered the following question: “Why do you wish to pursue science or engineering after high school?”

Coleman Heming from Cleveland High School was recognized with the Wacker Science Award last week.

Wacker Science Award eligibility and requirements can be found online at www.wacker.com/science-award.

Since June 2009—before the company broke ground on their site in Charleston, Tenn.—Wacker Polysilicon has awarded scholarships each year to high school seniors in Bradley County.  To date, including the two awards this week, the company has provided a total of $19,000 in local scholarships to high school seniors.



Pictured:  Dr. Konrad Bachhuber with recipient Savannah Craig from Walker Valley High School.
Pictured: Dr. Konrad Bachhuber with recipient Savannah Craig from Walker Valley High School.

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