Lab extends Teller Scholarship Award to Tracy’s top science students

Feb. 22, 2007

Edward Teller taught physics throughout his career. (Download Image)

Lab extends Teller Scholarship Award to Tracy’s top science students

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will extend its prestigious Edward Teller Scholarship Award to students in the Tracy Unified School District.

Already in place in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, the awards were instituted in 2004, in honor of the late Dr. Teller, renowned physicist and Lab co-founder. The Laboratory presents the awards annually to two top graduating high school seniors who excel in science. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship and is eligible for a paid internship at the Lab after completing the first year of college. The students must be U.S. citizens to participate in the internship portion of the award.

“It is with great pleasure that the Laboratory extends the Teller Scholarship Award to Tracy students,” said Laura Gilliom, manager of the LLNL program that administers the awards. “A large number of our scientific and technical staff live in Tracy, and the area is viewed as an important source of future hires. We are pleased that science teachers in Tracy have consistently taken advantage of the educational programs offered by the Laboratory.”

“The Tracy Unified School District is excited to have the Teller Scholarship Award available to two of our students,” said James Franco, superintendent of the district. “Working with LLNL is an opportunity our staff and students enjoy frequently, and we have a number of extremely qualified students who will be considered for this prestigious honor.”

Two students – one from Tracy High School and one from West High School – will be selected by the school district in May in accordance with procedures developed by the district, with the concurrence of LLNL. The Laboratory will announce the winners in a press release and the students will attend a school board or city council meeting to be honored by the Lab and the district.

For more information about the scholarship, contact Richard Farnsworth at 925-422-5059.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a mission to ensure national security and to apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.