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Honors College Junior Anna Normand Named Udall Scholar

Anna NormandHonors College junior Anna Normand of Opelousas has been named an Udall Scholar by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Normand becomes LSU’s second Udall Scholar, joining 2007 recipient Nita Clark, a native of Baker.

“We are very proud of Anna, and all of LSU’s national award recipients this year,” said Nancy Clark, dean of the LSU Honors College. “They competed on a national level and won. At the Honors College, we are committed to retaining the highest caliber of excellence, and I believe these students not only showcase how remarkable they are but also how remarkable this university is.”        

Normand, a chemistry major who will graduate from LSU in May 2011, is active in environmentally focused public service. She regularly participates in the annual Acorns for Hope bike ride across Louisiana, planting live oak saplings as she rides.  She also created Louisiana Marsh University, a service trip that brought 30 LSU students to plant beach grass on Grand Isle. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in environmental science, concentrating on wetland science and policy, and then work for Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, or CPRA.   

A 14-member independent review committee selected 80 students from 63 colleges and universities on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement. Fifty honorable mentions were also named. The Udall Scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the student’s junior or senior year. Honorable mentions receive a $350 award. Since 1996, there have been 1,155 Udall Scholarships awarded. 

“These students are the future environmental and tribal leaders of our world and the Udall Foundation is proud to help them advance their education,” said Terrence L. Bracy, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Udall Foundation.

The 80 Udall Scholars were selected from a record 537 candidates nominated by 256 colleges and universities. Seventy Scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Six Native American/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers in tribal public policy; four Native American/Alaska Native scholars will study health care.

The 2010 Udall Scholars will assemble Aug 4-8, in Tucson, Ariz., to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.

For a listing of the 2010 Udall Scholars and Honorable Mentions and more information on the foundation and related programs, visit www.udall.gov or contact Mia Ibarra at 520-901-8564 or ibarra@udall.gov.

The Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising was created to assist students in applying for prestigious post-graduate scholarships and fellowships, such as the Truman, Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Mitchell, Soros and Goldwater awards. Students interested in applying for these and other scholarship opportunities or for more information, contact fellowships@lsu.edu.

About the Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was established by Congress in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment, as well as to Native American students pursuing tribal policy or health care careers. The Udall Foundation also offers a doctoral fellowship in environmental policy or conflict resolution and operates a Native American Congressional Internship program each summer in Washington, D.C., placing top college, graduate, and law students in Senate and House offices, the Executive Office of the President and Cabinet agencies, where they learn firsthand how federal policies on tribal issues are developed. In 1998, the foundation grew to include the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, created by Congress as the federal government’s only program focused entirely on resolving federal environmental disputes.

 

*From Ernie Ballard, LSU Media Relations.