Junior from Rock Hill wins Udall Scholarship
Lesley Joseph, a University of South Carolina junior majoring in civil and environmental engineering with a minor in environmental studies, has been awarded a 2010 Morris K. Udall Scholarship.
The award recognizes and encourages students who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment.
Joseph is a graduate of Northwestern High School and is the son of Phebe and Samuel Joseph of Rock Hill. He received the Environmental Stewardship Award and the Bruce C. Coull Outstanding Senior in Environmental Studies Award and was named the Outstanding Senior in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Joseph is the coordinator and manager of the Environmental Justice/Community Action project in the Green Quad Learning Center and is the president of a newly formed student chapter of Engineers without Borders. He is active in the SC Alliance for Sustainable Campuses, Students Advocating for a Greener Environment, the Green Quad Learning Community, American Society of Civil Engineers and National Society of Black Engineers.
He has conducted research in water treatment with Dr. Yeomin Yoon in the environmental engineering laboratories; environmental justice and climate change vulnerability research under Dr. Sacoby Wilson (Udall Scholar 1998) in the Institute for Families in Society; and also with the Gills Creek Watershed Research Initiative. He is also a Magellan scholar and participated in the residential mini-grant program in the Office of Undergraduate Research.
“Winning the Udall Scholarship is a great honor for me,” Joseph said. “This is the first national scholarship that I’ve ever won, so everything is still new to me. I had great support from the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs, the Udall Scholarship committee and the Environmental Engineering faculty at USC. I could not have been successful without their continued support. I just hope to continue doing the type of work and research that will help improve our environment and the lives of many people in the U.S. and abroad who are increasingly vulnerable to changes in the environment. I think Congressman Udall would like that.”
The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation funded 80 awards from 63 colleges and universities. The Udall scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit and were nominated by colleges and universities nationwide. The one-year scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $5,000 per year. Students are nominated and assisted by the campus Udall Scholarship Committee chaired by Josh Eagle of the USC School of Law. The students were further assisted by the USC Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs, www.sc.edu/ofsp.