By Jake Weber
Albion College junior Pryce Hadley, '12, is the third Albion student in four years to be named a Udall Scholar by the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation. Previous Albion winners were Erica Tauzer, '10 (2009 Udall Scholar), and Catherine Game, '08 (2007 Udall).
Hadley is a double major in environmental science and Spanish, with a concentration in environmental studies and membership in the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Along with a $5,000 scholarship, Hadley will attend a program this summer in Tucson, Ariz., which will involve numerous policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields.
"Pryce is an outstanding student, who somehow has time to perform an impressive amount as an environmental activist," commented Tim Lincoln, director of Albion's Center for Sustainability and the Environment (CSE). "Pryce has also been active in the College’s Interfaith Council, and our chaplain describes Pryce’s contributions to the group discussions as 'poetic, compelling, and authentic.'"
"To me, he’s what the CSE and Albion College are all about," Lincoln concluded, "an outstanding student who does not 'leave it in the classroom,' but rather applies his knowledge and energies to helping solve real, pressing problems. I'm just very proud of him."
Hadley's involvement with environmental issues and leadership at Albion College has been extensive. He is a co-founder of the Albion College Student Farm and the organizer of the bi-annual campus Green Day environmental fair. Hadley is also a member of the Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition and a member of Albion College's collegiate national champion canoe team.
The 80 Udall Scholars were selected from among 510 candidates nominated by 231 colleges and universities. Many Udall scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Five Native American/Alaska Native scholars intend to pursue careers in tribal public policy; five Native American/Alaska Native scholars will study health care. Scholars were selected by a 14-member independent review committee on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy, leadership potential, and academic achievement.
Udall’s love for the environment resulted in numerous pieces of legislation, chief among them the Alaska Lands Act of 1980, which doubled the size of the national park system and tripled our national wilderness. Udall also championed the rights of Native Americans and Alaska Natives, using his leadership in Congress to strengthen tribal self-governance.
For more on the Udall Scholars and the Udall Foundation, visit www.udall.gov.