Perls and Nelson Win Udall Scholarships

Hannah PerlsCongratulations to Hannah Perls and Todd Nelson, two of our majors in environmental science, who are among 80 winners nationwide of the 2010 Udall Scholarship. The Udall is among the most prestigious competitions for undergraduates in the United States - along with the Rhodes, Marshall and Goldwater scholarships.  It is the most prestigious award that can be given to an undergraduate in the field of Environmental Studies.  Named in honor of Congressman Morris Udall, the award recognizes those students who have shown a deep commitment - through their scholarship and activism - to protecting the environment and who plan to become leaders in their chosen field.  The award includes a $5000 education grant and a Four-day Udall Scholars Orientation in August in Tucson, Arizona to meet with other Scholars and network with elected federal officials and leaders in environmental protection, public policy, and Native American and Tribal Affairs.

Hannah Perls, a junior from Weston, MA, is majoring in Environmental Science and pursuing a concentration in Sustainable Development. She intends to become a climate scientist who will devise new and improved mechanisms to forecast how climate change affects water, agriculture, and human health. She has worked in the past for Representative Ed Markey's Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. She also represented Columbia at the Global Honors College at Waseda University in Tokyo last summer in the program's pilot year. Hannah is currently studying abroad in Nepal.

Todd NelsonTodd Nelson, a sophomore from Winston-Salem, NC, is pursuing a double major in Environmental Science and History. He envisions earning a Ph.D. in Environmental Public Health and then working as a policy advisor at the national level seeking ways to decrease the public health risks associated with climate change.  Todd is a member of the Columbia Eco-Representatives, the Green Umbrella and is a member of Columbia's Triathlon club team.

This is the first time that Columbia has ever had two Udall winners in the same year. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding new Udall Scholars.

Established by Congress in 1992 to honor Morris K. Udall's 30 years of service in the House of Representatives and enhanced by Congressional action in 2009 to honor Stewart L. Udall's vast public service, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation is dedicated to educating a new gerneration of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through scholarship, fellowship, and internship ptorgrams focused on environmental and Native American issues. The Udall Scholarship are offered in any of three categories:

  • To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.