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Teresa Thomas

For immediate release:
April 22, 2005

Carnegie Mellon Junior Isabella Cederquist of Ann Arbor, Mich., Wins Morris K. Udall Scholarship

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University junior Isabella Cederquist was recently awarded the Morris K. Udall Scholarship. The Morris K. Udall Foundation awarded 80 students scholarships of up to $5,000. Cederquist received the full amount.

Daughter of Jack Cederquist and Meg Kennedy Shaw of Ann Arbor, Mich., Cederquist is majoring in decision science and environmental policy. She was selected to be Carnegie Mellon's nominee for the national competition, for which she wrote an essay on Congressman Morris King Udall's speech "The Environment at Valley Forge," delivered in 1974 to the National Wildlife Federation.

"In this speech, Udall speaks about the importance of organization, compromise and sustainable living in advancing the environmental movement," Cederquist said. "I agree with his points, and I think one of the best ways to strengthen the movement is to educate the public, especially young people, about environmental solutions."

Cederquist is president and co-founder of Sustainable Students, a project-based environmental organization. She is currently studying environmental policy abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.

"Isabella's ultimate goal is to serve and to make a difference in the environmental arena by working through mechanisms of law and policy making," said Indira Nair, vice provost for education and professor of engineering and public policy. "She supplements her formal studies by understanding and addressing how people make decisions, especially in regard to their environmental habits and practices."

The Udall Scholarship honors college sophomores and juniors with outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment, as well as Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or health care. The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Udall's 30 years of service in the House of Representatives.


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