USC Students honored by Udall Foundation
Two University of South Carolina students have been awarded scholarships from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, and a third student earned an honorable mention.
The award recognizes and encourages students who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment.
Erin Fedewa, a junior majoring in marine science with a minor in Spanish, and Hali Kerr, a South Carolina Honors College sophomore majoring in marine science, were named 2011 Udall scholars. Will Johansen, a junior majoring in environmental science, has earned an honorable mention.
Fedewa, a graduate of St. Johns High in DeWitt, Mich., is the daughter of Kristine Ranger of DeWitt and Tom Fedewa of Brooklyn Park, Md. She just completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Duke University and has received funding through USC’s Magellan Scholar Program and a Howard Hughes research grant. She works in the lab of Dr. Tammi Richardson and hopes to earn a doctorate in marine science and conservation to research fisheries population dynamics and marine resources and work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Fedewa is a member of Students Engaged in Aquatic Sciences (SEAS) and Students Advocating a Greener Environment (SAGE). She is on the cross country and track teams and is an editor of the online undergraduate journal MariSci. She also works with the department of athletics to incorporate more sustainable practices in the department operations.
Kerr, a graduate of Dulaney High School, is the daughter of Thelma Leitzer-Kerr and Drew Kerr of Cockeysville, Md. She holds a McNair Scholarship, USC’s most prestigious award for out-of-state students, and is an intern with the Washington Semester Program in the chief of staff’s office at NOAA headquarters. Kerr works in the USC marine paleoceanography lab of Dr. Howie Scher and plans to complete a master’s degree in marine policy and to attend law school. She is a member of Students Engaged in Aquatic Sciences (SEAS), Students Advocating a Greener Environment (SAGE), Net Impact (sustainability in business), the Roosevelt Institution (public policy) and campus orchestra.
Will Johansen, a graduate of George Washington High, is the son of Anne and Paul Johansen of Charleston, W.Va. He works in the lab of Dr. David Volz using zebrafish as a model for understanding environmental diseases. Johansen also is director of equipment and office manager for USC’s Office of Campus Recreation, where he’s working to make the department become carbon neutral. Johansen is a Capstone scholar and won the rising senior award for Environmental Science. This summer, he will serve as the adventure director for the new Pillars of Carolina extended orientation program.
The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation funded 80 awards from 61 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. Honorable mentions receive $350. The students were assisted by the USC Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs, www.sc.edu/ofsp.