July 8, 2013


Local students receive Alcoa Foundation Scholarship

Alcoa Tennessee Operations recently announced that four local high school seniors have been named Alcoa Foundation scholarship winners. 


These awards are a part of Alcoa Foundation’s Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program which recognizes outstanding academic achievement by high school seniors. 


Sarah Beazley, daughter of Neil and Beth Schmitt, is a recent graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School. Sarah was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and achieved the Principal’s List for First Honors four years.  Sarah was a KCHS Cheerleader, a member of Teen Board of Knoxville, the founder of the Baking a Difference Club to raise funds for Catholic Charities, and the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award two consecutive years. She was selected KCHS Peer Ministry Leader and served as Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. A KCHS Scholar Athlete, Sarah was admitted to the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Honors Program, where she will study Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy.


Claire Blackstock, daughter of Greg and Linda Blackstock, is a recent graduate of Maryville High School.  Claire was a Maryville Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, and a National Merit Commended Student.  She was All-State in Track and Field and received academic letters in language arts, math, science, and social studies.  Claire enjoys volunteering in the community for Blount County Community Food Connection, Secret Safe Place, and Second Harvest. Claire has been accepted into the University of Tennessee Chancellors Honors Program and plans to study Engineering.


Mary Buckman, daughter of Don and Theresa Buckman, is a recent graduate of Lenoir City High School. Mary was a member of the National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Anchor Club and the Superintendent’s Advisory Board.  She ranked number one in her class, was captain of the golf team four years and was a member of the cheerleading team for two years. Mary was an active volunteer at the Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding and Lenoir City Elementary School. Mary will be attending the University of Tennessee and is majoring in Audiology and Speech Pathology.


Ashley Thompson, daughter of David and Susan Thompson, is also a recent graduate of Maryville High School. She was a Maryville Scholar and member of the National Honor Society.  Ashley lettered for the varsity swim team and attended state championships.  As a gymnast, she qualified for the Level 9 Regional and National Teams.  Ashley was a leader for the Blount County First Robotics Rookie Team and acted as a co-founder and Vice President for Kappa Phi tutoring club.  She also attended Tennessee Governor’s School for Computational Physics.  Ashley will be attending the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga as a Brock Scholar majoring in Mechanical Engineering.


Since 1953, the Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program has recognized outstanding academic achievement, leadership and volunteerism/community service by awarding scholarships to thousands of students.  The program is open to the children of active full-time employees from the U.S. locations of Alcoa and its wholly-owned subsidiaries.


Since the program was initiated, more than 3,600 students have received more than $19.8 million in scholarship awards.  


About Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com.



Sarah Beazley



Claire Blackstock



Mary Buckman



Ashley Thompson