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News: UT-Battelle provides scholarships for Roane State Middle College students from Roane County high schools

News: UT-Battelle provides scholarships for Roane State Middle College students from Roane County high schools

Roane State President Dr. Chris Whaley, Middle College coordinator David Lane and Roane State Vice President Diane Ward are joined by Middle College students to accept a scholarship check from Leigha Humphries, Protocol & Community Relations Manager with UT-Battelle. From left are students Dallis Parsons, Cierra Hall, and Trinity Clark; Lane and Ward; students Lindsay Buck and Rebecca Michaud; Humphries; student Reagan Dudley; Dr. Whaley; and students Brandon Anderson, Natalie Slowik, and Justin Humphrey. Not pictured is student Leif Erickson.

Sept. 12, 2017

Ten Roane County students participating in Roane State Community College’s Middle College have received $3,400 annual scholarships thanks to UT-Battelle.

Roane State’s Middle College program allows high school students to take college classes in their junior and senior years and then graduate with their associate degrees and their diplomas.

Middle College graduates are then able to complete their bachelor’s degrees just two years after finishing high school.

Middle College students pay for tuition through a combination of out-of-pocket funds, use of the Tennessee dual enrollment grant (funded by the state lottery) and private scholarships. The UT-Battelle Scholarship was established in fall 2015 and is awarded to one Middle College student from each high school in Roane County.

First-year recipients are Brandon Anderson (Harriman), Cierra Hall (Roane County), Justin Humphrey (Midway), Dallis Parsons (Oliver Springs), and Natalie Slowik (Rockwood).

Second-year recipients are Trinity Clark (Harriman), Reagan Dudley (Roane County), Rebecca Michaud (Midway), Lindsay Buck (Oliver Springs) and Leif Erickson (Rockwood).

Of the 13 public community colleges in Tennessee, Roane State is one of only four to offer a Middle College-like program. Roane State’s program is unique because it allows students to take Roane State classes while fully participating in their high school activities.

For more information about Roane State’s Middle College, contact coordinator David Lane at (865) 882-4538, or visit

UT-Battelle manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and has donated more than $14 million to regional outreach initiatives – including $4.5 million for science education – since becoming the managing contractor of ORNL in April 2000.

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