The University of Georgia added two new Udall Scholars to its ranks this spring as third-year Honors students Elizabeth Esser and Kathryn Foral were recognized for their leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to the environment.
They were among 55 undergraduates selected from across the nation and U.S. territories for the Udall Scholarship, which is awarded to sophomores and juniors on the basis of their commitment to careers in the environment, Native health care or Tribal public policy. The scholarship provides up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses.
With the addition of Esser and Foral, UGA has had 15 Udall Scholars in the past 10 years and 21 total since the scholarship was first awarded in 1996.
Esser, a Foundation Fellow from Grafton, Wisconsin, is majoring in genetics and ecology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Odum School of Ecology, respectively. Foral, who is from Augusta, is earning dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental health in the College of Public Health.
Both plan to pursue careers in conservation and environmental protection at the governmental level—Esser as a government researcher who uses genetic techniques to conserve endangered species and Foral as a sustainability coordinator for a local municipality, involving residents in the protection of their natural resources.