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Environmental Science & Policy Junior Named 2019 Udall Scholar

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 relevantUdall Foundation logo 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.

Larissa Holland '20, Udall Scholar

Larissa Holland ’20, Udall Scholar

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

Udall Scholarship Program
Udall Scholars 2019 Press Release
Larissa Holland’s Udall Scholar Profile

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2018-19 Successes

The Fellowships Program based in the Lazarus Center for Career Development supports students who apply for a wide range of fellowships and competitive awards. This year, about 60 students and alumnae have applied for 27 separate awards, several still waiting for the outcomes of their applications.

Six current students were nominated for graduate fellowships, including Beinecke, Marshall, and Truman. Five juniors were nominated for the Goldwater Scholarship and Udall Scholarships. Six sophomore STEM Posse students applied and four were finalists for the Jeff Ubben Posse Award, a completion designed to encourage academically excellent students to articulate their leadership skills and ambitions. Both of Smith’s nominees for the Carnegie Junior Fellowship, a highly competitive opportunity to work with top researchers on international policy, were interviewed as finalists. Two seniors reached the finalist stage in the Lead for America Fellowship competition. Congratulations to each student who took the important step of applying for a competitive award, with a special shout out to the individuals who reached the finalist stage of their competitions.

Awardees to date:

Congratulations to all awardees. Thank you to each and every member of the Smith College community who supported all of our applicants and awardees!

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