J. Sarah Sorenson and Blair Braverman, both juniors majoring in
environmental policy, were named 2010 Udall Scholars April 8 by the
Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Eighty scholars
nationwide were selected from 537 candidates on the basis of their
commitment to careers in the environment, health care, or tribal public
policy. Leadership potential and academic achievement also are criteria.
and Braverman each will receive a scholarship of up to $5,000 for their
senior year. They will participate in a Udall conference Aug. 4-8 in
Tucson, Ariz., where they will receive their awards and meet with
policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal
health care, and governance.
Environmental Studies Professor
Philip Nyhus said the two awards are national validation that “the Colby
Environmental Studies Program is attracting and nurturing some of the
nation’s most talented, passionate, and ambitious students.”
is a member of Colby’s Environmental Advisory Group, which counsels the
president on sustainability initiatives. She helped manage a Green
Graduation program last year and is leading an effort to reduce
drastically the use of bottled water by the College. “She has been one
of the most active and involved students engaged with sustainability
issues,” said Nyhus.
He described Braverman as a student
“dedicated the changing the world through the pen.” She has studied and
written about environmental issues from Alaska, Norway, and Namibia. She
was invited to attend a conference in Chile on private land
conservation, with all her expenses paid, based on a essay she wrote
about land conservation and the Iditarod.
“These students are
the future environmental and tribal leaders of our world, and the Udall
Foundation is proud to help them advance their education,” said Terrence
L. Bracy, chair of the Udall Foundation’s board of trustees.
information and a list of Udall Scholars are online at www.udall.gov