Bethany Pratt, a junior from Richmond, Ky., is the College’s first-ever recipient of the prestigious Udall Scholarship. Pratt is being recognized for her documented involvement in environmental leadership, an issue that was strongly espoused by Congressman Morris K. Udall.
On April 6 the Morris K. Udall Foundation announced that 80 students from 66 colleges and universities in the country were selected as 2009 Udall Scholars. A 14-member independent review committee selected this year’s group of scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, healthcare or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement.
Pratt’s commitment to environmental issues led her to self-design her major, titled “Environmental Studies: Sustainable Resource Use.”
This year’s class of Udall Scholars was selected from among 515 candidates nominated by 233 colleges and universities. Seventy scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Six Native American/Alaska Native scholars intend to pursue careers in tribal public policy; and four Native American/Alaska Native scholars will study healthcare. Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for one year.
This prestigious scholarship has generated more than 1,000 Udall Scholars since the first awards in 1996.
The Morris K. Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was created by Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Udall’s legacy of public service. Congressman Udall served in the House of Representatives for three decades, a career distinguished by civility, integrity and consensus.
The 2009 Udall Scholars will assemble August 5-9, 2009, in Tucson, Arizona, to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal healthcare and governance.