Smith Junior Larissa Holland has been named one of the 55 recipients of the Udall Scholarship, which recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to careers in the environment or Native American tribal public policy or health care. A 14-member independent review committee selected the 2019 Udall Scholars from a pool of 443 eligible nominees from 227 colleges and universities. In addition to their commitment to relevant careers, scholars were selected on the basis of their leadership potential, record of public service, and academic achievement.
Holland, an Environmental Science and Policy major and architecture minor from Jonesboro, Maine, was awarded the scholarship in the environmental category. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in environmental sustainability and then return to her home state of Maine to work with rural coastal communities on economic sustainability and help them prepare for the current and future impacts of a changing climate.
Holland has served as the Student Government’s sustainability committee chair and on the board of Smith’s First Generation Student Alliance, sat as an elected student on the College’s Committee on Sustainability, and was a WOZQ radio DJ.
Dano Weisbord, Director of Sustainability and Campus Planning, has served on the College’s Committee on Sustainability with Holland and is one of her supervisors for a renewable energy research project. He notes that “her passion for policy and the environment is electric.” Holland’s academic adviser, Alex Barron, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Policy, suggested that she apply for Udall Scholarship because he could see that she “has the potential to be a tremendous leader in, and advocate for, her community.”
The 2019 Udall Scholars will gather Aug. 6-11 in Tucson, Arizona, to meet one another and program alumni, learn more about the Udall legacy of public service, and interact with community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care and governance.
Smith College students and alumnae can receive support for opportunities like the Udall Scholarship from the Fellowships Program at the Lazarus Center for Career Development. For more information on the Udall Scholarship, visit www.udall.gov.