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Two U of I Students Earn Udall Honorable Mentions

April 18, 2019

The University of Idaho Distinguished Scholarships Program, along with the University Honors Program and the College of Natural Resources, is pleased to announce that two U of I students, Kassandra Townsend and Madi Thurston, have earned Honorable Mentions in the Udall Scholarship 2019 competition. Udall Scholarships and Honorable Mentions are awarded to students 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.

Kassandra Townsend, a junior majoring in ecology and conservation biology, from Nampa, Idaho, is a member of the Acoma Pueblo tribe, an All Nations Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholar and a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar.

Madi Thurston, a sophomore majoring in environmental science, from Kuna, Idaho, is a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and an active participant in the Alternative Service Break program, the Conservation and Environment Club, the Environmental Science Club and the Women's Volleyball Club.

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.

Kassandra Townsend and Madi Thurston

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