November 19, 2015
AIKEN, S.C. – For Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Family Scholarship winners Mia Holley and Rishab Chawla, $1,500 meant a new laptop, course textbooks, and admission to a national academic program for their first year in college.
In May 2015, SRR, the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), awarded eight $1,500 SRR Family Scholarships to local graduates, all of whom are children of SRR employees. Holley and Chawla were two of the recipients.
Holley, Chawla, and the other winners were selected on the basis of their leadership, extracurricular involvement, community service, grade point average, and scholastic achievement. With the scholarship, Chawla was able to fund his admission into the Georgia Tech Grand Challenges Living Learning Community, a program where students live in a common residence hall and find mock solutions to real-world global problems. Some of the problems Chawla is challenged with include preventing nuclear terror, providing access to clean water, and engineering better medicines.
"In my short time in the program, I'm already witnessing an improvement in my leadership and problem-solving skills," Chawla said. "I realize this honor was the culmination of my father's 26+ years of service at SRR and my prior accolades, and that drives me to excel in my studies at Georgia Tech."
At Charleston Southern University, Holley is majoring in biology and is working toward becoming an anesthesiologist. She used her scholarship to purchase a laptop and textbooks.
"The SRR Family Scholarship was a tremendous help, and it really meant a lot to me," Holley said. "This scholarship shows that SRR cares not only about their employees, but also about the employees children who are looking to further their education in college."
For SRR, students like Holley and Chawla are the drivers for the Company's support in education, said Stuart MacVean, SRR President and Project Manager.
"The SRR Family Scholarships give us an opportunity to say thank you to our employees for their service and to support their children's educational career," MacVean said. "It is rewarding to see how the scholarships are being used to improve the lives of these students."
SRR is the liquid waste contactor at SRS for the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.
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Maddie Blair, 803.208.2634