Five Roane State Community College students received scholarships through the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning, or ORICL.
Roane State and ORICL have a partnership that spans two decades. Established in 1997, ORICL offers dozens of enrichment courses for its members in classrooms provided at Roane Stateâ€™s Oak Ridge campus.
In addition, ORICL has established multiple scholarships supported by its members.
- The John Million Scholarship, supported by a $5,000 annual donation by ORICL members.
- The ORICL Scholarship Endowment, established in 2002 in celebration of ORICLâ€™s fifth anniversary.
- The Bob Jones Memorial Scholarship, established through memorial donations received by the Roane State Foundation in honor of the longtime ORICL member Bob Jones, who passed away in 2012.
Sara Nesbitt of Oak Ridge, Candice Day of Knoxville, and Ivorie Hicks of Clinton received the John Million Scholarship, totaling $5,000 in awards for fall and spring.
â€œI love helping people, being creative, and finding ways to help people live the way they want to live,â€ Nesbitt said of her chosen field, occupational therapy assistant.
Jessica Osborn of Powell received a $600 scholarship through the ORICL Scholarship Endowment.Â A certified pharmacy technician, Osborn said she plans to start Roane Stateâ€™s respiratory therapy program because she â€œwants to be hands-on with patients.â€
Gage Dotson of Centerville received the $295 Bob Jones Memorial Scholarship.
The Roane State Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) corporation governed by an independent Board of Directors and established to provide financial support for Roane State students and programs. The Foundation seeks to enhance community awareness of the college, to secure private contributions and bequests, and to manage monies or properties given to the Foundation.
More information will be added as itÂ becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Owen Driskill.
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