Udall Foundation Names UMD Students as 2018 Scholar and Honorable Mention
August 1, 2018
College Park, Maryland - Amelia Avis has been named a 2018 Udall Scholar and Cathelyn Wang earned an Honorable Mention, each for their outstanding leadership and commitment to the environment. Fifty students from 42 colleges and universities have been selected as 2018 Udall Scholars. A 16-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Udall Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Native health care, or Tribal public policy; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement. The review committee also awarded 50 Honorable Mentions.
Each scholarship provides up to $7,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year. The 2018 Udall Scholars will assemble August 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. The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.
Amelia Avis is a rising senior majoring in Government and Politics in the College of Behavorial and Social Sciences. She is a member of the University Honors program and a Banneker/Key Scholar. She is the Director of Government Affairs, UMD Sustainability Committee, was the Program Lead for Maryland LEAD Leadership Education Program, and is an alumna of the Federal Fellows Program, Environment and Energy Policy concentration. She has also held internships at the Bureau of Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Forest Service, the Embassy of Canada, and the Environmental Protection Agency. This summer she is interning with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pathways Program. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Avis will pursue a Master of Public Policy degree at UMD, focusing on environment and energy policy.
Cathelyn Wang is a rising senior pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science and Technology with a focus on Soil and Watershed Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She is also pursuing a B.A. in Flute Performance in the College of Arts and Humanities. She is a member of the UMD Soil Judging Team, an Environmental Justice Experience Leader with UMD Alternative Breaks, and a member of the UMD Student Government Association Sustainability Committee. She held a Soil Quality Internship at the National Capital Region Park Service and interned for the Climate Action 2016 Summit. She is an alumna of the College Park Scholars Environment, Technology, and Economy program. This summer Ms. Wang is a Soil Science Student Trainee with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Arcata, California. As part of the Pathway Program, this would convert into a full-time federal position with NRCS upon graduation.