UM Students Win Udall Scholarship Competitions

May 03, 2016

MISSOULA – Two University of Montana students recently were honored with Udall Scholarships. Mariah McIntosh and Clare Vergobbi both won full scholarships, marking the 39th and 40th times a UM student earned this prestigious award, and Kathleen Stone earned the Udall Honorable Mention.

McIntosh and Vergobbi will receive up to $7,000, which will support their studies for the 2016-17 academic year. All three students will be provided networking opportunities through the nationally recognized scholar program.

Mariah McIntosh (left) and Clare Vergobbi are the University of Montana’s 39th and 40th Udall Scholars. Udall Scholars are selected on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment or, for Native Americans, commitment to careers in tribal public policy or health care. Scholars also must show leadership potential and academic achievement.

The independent review committee awarded 60 Scholars and 51 Honorable Mentions. This class of Udall Scholars was selected from 482 candidates nominated by 227 colleges and universities. Forty Scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Fifteen American Indian/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to tribal public policy, and five American Indian/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to health care.

McIntosh, a junior, is majoring in biology with a concentration in organismal biology and ecology, as well as minoring in climate change studies and wilderness studies. She is the daughter of Jan Schroeder and Bruce McIntosh of Corvallis, Oregon, and a graduate of Corvallis High School. She plans to be a university plant ecologist.

Vergobbi, a junior from Salt Lake City, is majoring in ecological restoration and biology with a concentration in organismal biology and ecology and a minor in environmental studies. She is the daughter of Anne Riordan-Vergobbi and David Vergobbi of Salt Lake City and a graduate of West High School. She plans a career in restorative agriculture.

Stone is majoring in journalism, with minors in Spanish and climate change. She plans to use her studies for multimedia environmental journalism, covering issues related to sustainable agriculture, climate justice and sustainable solutions. She’s currently studying abroad in Argentina, and hopes to use her Spanish with her journalism career. Stone is the daughter of Andrew and Deborah Stone of Salt Lake City, and she graduated from West High School.

The 2016 Udall Scholars will assemble Aug. 9-14 in Tucson, Arizona, to meet one another and program alumni, learn more about the Udall legacy of public service, and interact with community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care and governance.

For more information on the Udall Foundation and related programs, visit http://www.udall.gov/.

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Contact: Laure Pengelly Drake, director of external scholarships and advising, UM Davidson Honors College, 406-243-6140, laure.pengellydrake@umontana.edu; Mariah McIntosh, UM student, 541-207-5952, mariah.mcintosh@umontana.edu; Clare Vergobbi, UM student, 801-699-6619, clare.vergobbi@umontana.edu; Kathleen Stone (in Argentina), UM student, kathleen.stone@umontana.edu.