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Miami Dade College Student Named to Prestigious 2010 Morris K. Udall Scholar’s List

EvaSevilla - 2010 Udall Scholar

Eva Sevilla, MDC Wolfson Campus student and 2010 Udall Scholar.

Miami, April 19, 2010 - The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation recently announced Miami Dade College (MDC) civil engineering major Eva B. Sevilla as one of 80 college students nationwide to be named as a 2010 Udall Scholar

Udall scholars were chosen based on their commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement. Sevilla is the first student in MDC’s history to be named a Udall Scholar.

The prestigious Udall Scholarship has generated 1,155 Udall Scholars since the first awards in 1996. 

“These students are the future environmental and tribal leaders of our world and the Udall Foundation is proud to help them advance their education," said Terrence L. Bracy, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Udall Foundation. 

A highly accomplished student of The Honors College at Wolfson Campus, Sevilla recently completed a summer internship at the University of California at Berkeley.

She also participated in the 2009 Salzburg Global Seminar and was selected as one of 100 students invited to present their summer research at the Science, Energy, and Research Challenge at Oakridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. 

Upon graduation next month, Sevilla plans to continue her studies at either UC Berkeley, Georgia Tech, or Carnegie Mellon University – she is awaiting acceptance from all three institutions. She will continue her major in engineering, with the hope of beginning a career doing research in the area of sustainable design and energy efficiency. 

Like the other Udall Scholars, she will receive a $5,000 academic scholarship to be used for her junior or senior year, and an all-expense paid trip to Tucson this August to receive her award and meet and network with fellow scholars, policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance. 

Sevilla knows she’ll be in great company when she joins her fellow scholars in Arizona this summer. “I am honored to be a 2010 Udall Scholar and very excited to be attending the scholars’ orientation in Tucson this summer,” said Sevilla. “I’ll be speaking with students from all over the country about the most controversial environmental issues of our time.” 

Like Sevilla, 22 of the nearly 500 nominees attend community colleges. Winning is indeed a sweet victory for her, as she relied on the support of her mentors throughout the entire application process, including Dr. Alexandra Holloway, dean of MDC’s Honors College.

“She [Dr. Holloway] was aware of my passion for engineering as a way to address the environmental crises happening around the globe,” said Sevilla.

“She suggested I look at the program and apply if I was interested, helped me complete my application, and kept me motivated even when I thought I had no chance against other applicants from major universities.” 

About the Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was established by Congress in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment, as well as to Native American students pursuing tribal policy or health care careers. The Udall Foundation operates a Native American Congressional Internship program each summer in Washington, D.C., placing top college, graduate, and law students in Senate and House offices, the Executive Office of the President, and Cabinet agencies, where they learn firsthand how federal policies on tribal issues are developed. For more information about the Udall Foundation, visit www.udall.gov.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
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