Pitzer College Student Kristin Dobbin ’13 Awarded 2012 Udall Scholarship

Claremont, Calif. (April 3, 2012)—Pitzer College student Kristin Dobbin ’13 has been selected as a 2012 Udall Scholar.

Dobbin, an environmental analysis major, plans to work with nonprofits and think tanks to develop agricultural policies that incorporate environmental and social sustainability ideas.

As President of Pitzer’s Eco Center and a manager of the Shakedown Café, Dobbin said that her interest in environmentally and socially responsible agricultural policies developed in part during her work in Pitzer’s compost program, organic café and student-run garden. Last summer, she also did an internship at Wasatch Community Gardens in Utah where she “saw how environmental and social goals can be pursued simultaneously to promote a more equitable and sustainable future.”

Dobbin said her coursework in the environmental analysis program also “inspired my interest in environmental justice and looking at the environment in a more holistic way.”

Dobbin is one of 80 students from 70 colleges and universities who will receive scholarships from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, an independent federal agency established by Congress in 1992 to provide scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment as well as to American Indian students pursuing tribal public policy or health care careers.

The 80-student class of 2012 Udall Scholars was selected from 585 candidates nominated by 274 colleges and universities. The scholarships provide up to $5,000 for students’ junior or senior years.

The 2012 Udall Scholars will meet August 8-12 in Tucson, Arizona to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care and governance.

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