MISSOULA – Two University of Montana students recently received one of the highest national recognitions for college students. UM student Natalie Stockmann of Burlington, Vermont, won a Udall Scholarship, and Alice Boyer of Missoula won an Honorable Mention in the 2018 competition.
The Udall Scholarship provides up to $7,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year. UM still leads the nation in Udall Scholars, and this year’s results bring its total to 42 Udall Scholars and 13 Honorable Mentions.
Fifty students from 42 colleges and universities were selected as 2018 Udall Scholars based on their commitment to careers in the environment, Native health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement. The 16-member independent review committee also awarded 50 Honorable Mentions.
Stockmann, a junior, is majoring in environmental studies and resource conservation with minors in international development and Arabic studies. She graduated from Burlington High School in 2013.
In addition to her international programs in Nicaragua and in Morocco, the latter through a 2016 Critical Language Scholarship, Stockmann has been involved locally with organizations such as the Watershed Education Network, the UM Mount of Olives Arabic Language and Culture Club, and 1,000 New Gardens. She plans to study community-based natural resource conservation in the Arab world after graduating.
Boyer, a member of the Little Shell and Blackfeet tribes, is a junior majoring in philosophy and completing a Peace Corps Prep certificate. A 2014 graduate of Hellgate High School, she serves as the treasurer for UM’s Kyiyo Native American Student Association, a Court Appointed Special Advocate and a YMCA crisis hotline volunteer, among other activities.
After graduating from UM next year, Boyer plans to join the Peace Corps and then attend law school, where she looks forward to continuing her work with underrepresented groups of people.
“America has an unmet need for lawyers and legislators who understand the needs of minority groups,” Boyer said. “I appreciate the honor it is to be recognized as an Udall Scholar Honorable Mention.”
The 2018 Udall Scholars will assemble Aug. 7-12 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. Both Scholars and Honorable Mentions will gain access to the inspired, energetic and experienced Udall alumni network to share ideas and opportunities.
Established by Congress in 1992, the Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that provides scholarships, fellowships and internships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment and American Indian students pursuing tribal public policy or health care careers. Since 1996, The Udall Foundation has awarded 1,574 scholarships totaling $8,090,000. In 1998, the Foundation grew to include the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, and it also operates the Parks in Focus program, connecting underserved youth to nature through photography.
For more info on the Udall Foundation, visit https://www.udall.gov/AboutUs/AboutUs.aspx. To learn more about the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, visit https://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Scholarship.aspx.