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Eckerd Student Andrea Willingham '12 Named Udall Scholar for Commitment to Environment

posted on 04/11/2011

Andrea WillinghamEckerd College rising senior Andrea Willingham '12 is one of 80 students to be named a 2011 Udall Scholar. Andrea will participate in a week-long conference in Tucson, Arizona, in August 2011 to receive a $5,000 award and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.

Andrea is one of 70 Udall Scholars who intend to pursue careers related to the environment. The Udall Foundation whittled down 510 candidates nominated by 231 colleges and universities to 80 scholars from 61 colleges and universities. Recipients are selected on the basis of their commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement. Andrea is the first Eckerd student to win a Udall Scholarship since Eckerd alumnus Mark Mueller won in 2002.

While on track to receive a B.A. degree with a double major in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, Andrea has been highly active in on-campus environmental efforts. She has served as president of Campus Sustainability Congress, an environmental activism club; she helped start the campus community garden; she has been assisting with the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) greenhouse gas inventory this year. Andrea also serves as a student representative for the College's Environmental Affairs Committee.

In addition, Andrea studied at Eckerd's London Study Center during the spring 2010 semester; she went on an alternative spring break service-learning trip to Puerto Rico this past March. She holds three student work-study jobs. Andrea is the daughter of Steven and Theresa Willingham of Odessa, Florida.

About the Udall Foundation
Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation honors Congressman Morris King Udall's thirty-year legacy of public service. The Udall Foundation is dedicated to educating a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs focused on environmental and Native American issues. The Udall Foundation is also committed to promoting the principles and practices of environmental conflict resolution.

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