Updated: Jun 4
This semester has been undeniably strange and unpredictable. Despite COVID-19, I constantly see great examples of resilience from my colleagues. I am happy to share some positive updates and how I plan to stay busy remotely this summer.
I have been selected as a 2020 Udall Scholar in the Environmental Category. The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation awarded 55 scholarships of $7,000 to undergraduate scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for "leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment", honoring the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall. I invite you to read the foundation's press release on this year's scholars. In August, I will be attending a remote four-day ceremony.
I am especially proud to be representing ASU, who had three Udall Scholars this year, the most winners in over 20 years!
I am also excited to be part of the 2020 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Santa Cruz cohort. This program is comprised of an immersive research-focused, collaborative conservation field course in the first summer and an internship in the second summer. Despite not taking place in California, I am looking forward to work with a group of diverse individuals on ecology research and conservation strategies from my parents' home in Reston, Virginia.
I am happy to share details of my experiences and resources to anyone interested in applying to these scholarships. Please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.