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Student Wins Udall Scholarship

Sophomore Hope Radford won a $5,000 2014 Udall Scholarship, becoming the 37th Udall Scholar in UM's history. Hope is majoring in resource conservation with minors in climate change studies and international development studies.

Radford, of Colorado Springs, Colo., is the daughter of Bill and Margaret Radford of Colorado Springs and is a graduate of Mitchell High School. She plans a career in sustainable international agriculture. 

Hope served as an EcoRep in the UM dorms, has worked extensively with UM dining to implement an on-campus farmers market, is active in several UM student groups, and is second chair in the University Symphony Orchestra.

Radford will gather with other 2014 Udall Scholars Aug. 5-10 in Tucson, Ariz., to receive her award and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care and governance.

Another UM student, Corey Bressler of Duluth, Ga., received an honorable mention from the Udall Foundation. Bressler is a junior majoring in environmental studies with a minor in communication studies. He is the son of Kelly and John Bressler of Duluth and is a graduate of Northview High School. He plans a career focused on building renewable energy coalitions.

“We’re extremely proud to honor another Udall Scholar and an honorable mention winner this year,” President Royce Engstrom said. “UM’s history of Udall Scholars is a testament not only to our students, but to the University’s commitment to educational excellence in environmental studies, Native American studies and health care professions.”

Udall Scholars are selected on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy, as well as their leadership potential and academic achievement. The review committee awarded 50 scholars and 50 honorable mentions.