UM Student Wins Prestigious Udall Scholarship

April 10, 2014

MISSOULA – University of Montana sophomore Hope Radford won a $5,000 2014 Udall Scholarship, contributing to a new No. 37 legacy by becoming the 37th Udall Scholar in the school’s history.

At the start of her Community, Consumption and Environment class on Thursday morning, udallRadford was surprised by UM President Royce Engstrom and faculty and staff members who had supported her Udall application. The group congratulated Radford, and she was presented with her own No. 37 Griz jersey to acknowledge her achievement.

“UM has strong athletic and academic traditions, and we thought it would be fun to reward our 37th Udall Scholar with a No. 37 jersey, which represents Montana excellence on the football field,” said Cary Shimek, UM University Relations communications manager and presenter of the jersey. “Now 37 represents excellence in the classroom, as well.”

Radford, of Colorado Springs, Colo., is majoring in resource conservation with minors in climate change studies and international development studies. She 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.

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,” 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.

For more information call Laure Pengelly Drake, director of external scholarships and advising for the UM Davidson Honors College, at 406-243-6140 or email


Photo: From left, UM President Royce Engstrom and Davidson Honors College Director of External Scholarships and Advising Laure Pengelly Drake watch as sophomore Hope Radford is presented a No. 37 Griz football jersey in her Community, Consumption and Environment class on Thursday, April 10, by UM University Relations Communications Manager Cary Shimek. Radford is UM’s 37th Udall Scholar, and University Relations and The M Store donated the Griz legacy jersey to celebrate her achievement. Photo by Todd Goodrich



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Contact: Laure Pengelly Drake, director of external scholarships and advising, UM Davidson Honors College, 406-243-6140,