UM Student Wins Udall Scholarship Competition

April 24, 2015

Udall scholarship winner Hope Radford

MISSOULA – University of Montana student Hope Radford won a second $5,000 Udall Scholarship, which will support her studies for the 2015-16 academic year. Her award marks the 38th time a UM student has earned this prestigious scholarship.

“She won last year as a sophomore and had to convince the national committee of her exceptional work to win the award for a second year,” said Laure Pengelly Drake, director of external scholarships and advising at UM.

Radford, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colorado, is majoring in resource conservation with minors in climate change studies, environmental studies and international development studies. She spent spring term studying sustainable agriculture in Chile and Argentina and plans a career in sustainable international agriculture. She is the daughter of Bill and Margaret Radford of Colorado Springs and a graduate of Mitchell High School.

Udall Scholars are selected on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment or, for Native Americans applicants, commitment to careers in tribal public policy or health issues. Scholars also must show leadership potential and academic achievement. The independent review committee awarded 50 scholars.

Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the scholar’s junior or senior year. The 2015 Udall Scholars will assemble Wednesday through Sunday, August 5-9, in Tucson, Arizona, to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care and governance.

For more information on the Udall Foundation and related programs, visit The website will post all the national winners on Thursday, April 30.

Radford also recently received the James A. "Smokey" Alexander Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Hope is the first recipient of this scholarship.

For more information call Pengelly Drake at 406-243-6140 or email


Photo: Hope Radford, photo credit: Todd Goodrich

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