Sophomore receives honorable mention for prestigious award.
William Smith student Clancy Brown ’09 has been named as an honorable mention for The Morris K. Udall Scholarship, a prestigious national award designed to promote environmental outreach, research and understanding.
“Clancy is an outstanding individual, and truly deserves this honor, said John Halfman, professor of geoscience and environmental studies. “This award exemplifies her many achievements since coming to campus two falls ago, and notably strengthens the reputation of our growing Environmental Studies program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Brown, a double major in environmental studies and biology, was recognized by the review committee for her leadership potential, advocacy and academic achievement. Brown is the chair of the Campus Greens and an active member of the Outdoor Recreation Adventure Program and Rotaract. She is a Spanish Teaching Assistant as well as a mentor for Learn to Lead. She has pursued research with Professor Halfman, studying the water quality of the Finger Lakes and co-authored a publication with him for presentation at the Geological Society of America Annual Conference. Brown hopes to pursue a career in ecological research in graduate school.
The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation was authorized by Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Udall’s legacy of public service. The Foundation is supported by a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury and contributions from the private sector. There have been 916 Udall Scholars since the first awards in 1996.
Congressman Udall served in the House of Representatives for three decades and was instrumental in many pieces of environmental legislation, including the Alaska Lands Act of 1980, which doubled the size of the national park system and tripled the amount of national wilderness. Congressman Udall was also a champion of the rights of Native Americans and Alaska Natives, using his leadership in Congress to strengthen tribal self-governance.