Pino nominated for Udall Scholarship
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas swimming and diving sophomore Cassuandra Pino was one of six University of Kansas students nominated for Udall Undergraduate Scholarships, which recognize students who demonstrate leadership, public service and commitment in the field of tribal public policy, Native health care or the environment.
The Albuquerque, New Mexico native is majoring ecology and evolutionary biology and sociology. She is a member of the Pueblo of Acoma, and is a candidate for the award in the tribal public policy field. Along with being a member of the Kansas swimming and diving team, Pino is also a member of the First Nations Student Association and the University Honors Program.
The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship is a federal scholarship that honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, two former Arizona congressmen whose careers had an effect on American Indian self-governance, health care and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.
The Udall Foundation administers the program. This year, the foundation will award 60 students with scholarships of up to $7,000 each, access to the Udall Alumni Network and a four-day scholar orientation in Tucson, Arizona. Students must be nominated by their university to apply, and universities are limited in the total number of nominations they can make.
“It’s exciting to have such excellent candidates with a range of interests and involvement in their chosen fields,” said Anne Wallen, assistant director of national scholarships and fellowships at the KU Honors Program, which oversees the nomination process. “They are all strong representatives of the way KU educates future leaders.”
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