Knoxville student Rob Jones has been awarded a college scholarship by the Babcock and Wilcox Company (B&W). Worth $1,500 per year for up to four years of college-level study, the scholarship is one of 12 awarded annually to students whose parents work in B&W’s offices, including sites in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Ontario, Canada.
Jones is the son of Kelley and Steve Jones. Steve is a geologist in the Environmental Compliance organization at the Y‑12 National Security Complex. B&W is one of the parent companies of B&W Y‑12, the company that operates Y‑12.
A 2012 Bearden High School graduate, Jones attends Tennessee Technological University and plans to major in mechanical engineering, a path he has been interested in since his freshman year of high school. It was then that he became a devoted follower of the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, a documentary series that scientifically explores questionable stories of engineering feats in an attempt to debunk the accounts. Some episodes prove that what seems to be impossible can actually be done.
Jones is a National Merit Scholar and an Eagle Scout. Before leaving home for college, he was active in his church’s youth group and went on several mission trips sponsored by his church. He played trombone in Bearden High School’s band throughout his high school career and was selected during his junior and senior years to participate in All-State East Senior Clinic sponsored by the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association. At Tennessee Tech, Jones is a member of the Golden Eagles marching band.
B&W scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and potential, the relevance of the student’s course of study to the company’s business, and financial need. Applicants’ grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, written essay submissions and guidance counselor recommendations are evaluated.