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Two ASU students have been awarded Udall scholarships

May 24, 2022

Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement (ONSA) offers Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, a major federal scholarship for leading second and third year college students by two students from Arizona State University, Katie Pascavis and Dylan Bia. Announced that it was awarded. Service and commitment to Native American countries or environment-related issues.

Nicole Kaiser, an ASU student, was also selected for prestigious mention.
Portrait of ASU student Katie Pascavis.
Katie Pascavis, a junior who pursues a dual degree in mechanical engineering and public health and has a minor in sustainability, was selected as Udall Scholar.
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Since the program began in 1997, a total of 41 ASU students have been selected as Udal scholarship students, ranking ASU first among all U.S. institutions, ahead of the University of Montana, Cornell and Yale. .. Recent and previous ASU recipients are Nathanial Ross in 2021 and Nekiyah Draper, Tahiry Langrand and Grant Real Bird in 2020.

Udall Scholarship is a program of the Udall Foundation, established by the US Parliament as an independent executive branch, with the lasting impact of Congressman Morris K. Udall on the country’s environment, public lands, and natural resources, as well as American Indians and Alaska. Indigenous rights and autonomy. In 2009, the Foundation’s name was revised to include Stewart L. Udal, who served as Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969.

This scholarship provides up to $ 7,000 for eligible tuition fees, access to the Udall Alumni Network, and invitations to a five-day scholarship orientation in Tucson. Here, the next cohort of Udall Scholars will participate in networking and professional development activities.

This award is intended for full-time second and third year students of accredited academic institutions in the United States.

Students can apply for one of three areas: tribal policy, native healthcare or the environment. Those applying for the Policy or Healthcare category must be Native American or Alaska Natives.

“What I respect about the Udal Scholarship is how comprehensive and value-based it is,” said Kyle Mox, Vice Dean of National Scholarship Advice. “Udall Scholars are chosen based on how they show politeness, integrity and a commitment to consensus. These are the values ​​Udalls has shown in his civil servant career and will be the next generation of leaders. I think you can agree that it is the quality you want to promote. “

Barrett’s Junior, The Honors College, and Pascavis pursue a dual degree in mechanical engineering and public health, with minor sustainability. As a Flinn Scholar, she was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship earlier this year for her outstanding achievements in her STEM research.

A prestigious reference to the 2020 Udall Scholarship, Bia is a member of ASU’s Leadership Scholarship Program and is both Pat Tillman and Chief Manuelito Scholar. He has also participated in research at ASU-Banner, the University of Utah, and the University of Arizona and has various initiatives to address Native American health issues.

“This news was a humble experience to share with my family and advisors,” said Via, who was awarded a scholarship. “The prestigious mention from the previous year made the news very rewarding, knowing that the extra effort was worth it. It is an honor to receive this prestigious scholarship. Thank you for your support from my family and advisors during my journey. “

Another step in the journey

Portrait of ASU student Dylanvia.

Dylan Beer. Photo courtesy of ONSA

Beer, a member of Navajo Nation, plans to follow in the footsteps of her brother, become a doctor, work in the local tribal community, and improve access to quality medical care.

“I’ve been influenced by many things and started pursuing medicine,” said Via. “My parents taught me the importance of serving the indigenous community, and I observed my grandfather as a traditional medicine man healing members of the community. Has completed his medical education and has solidified my intention to pursue medicine under the influence of his family. “

Via began her journey into a health care career by completing a medical assistance program at the East Valley Institute of Technology while graduating from high school in Corona del Sol, Tempe, Arizona. In addition to his medical efforts, Bia also contributes to the ASU community by playing a role in organizations such as Changemaker Central and the Alliance of Indigenous People Coalition.

“When I started here at ASU, it was my personal goal to be deeply involved in the indigenous community,” Via said. “I was honored to be one of the leading facilitators of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance, a coalition that represents an open community for indigenous students. With my involvement, I am honored to be one of the leading facilitators of connections and communities. Support has expanded and my skills as a student leader have improved. “

Pascavis (pictured above) plans to become a university professor and create a research group to continue his current water purification technology work.

“Access to water and sanitation is a very important issue around the world,” Paskabis said. “It is important to be prepared for how global climate change will exacerbate the situation. We would like to pursue environmental engineering to protect the health of both the global community and the environment.”

She was the president of a borderless engineer and spent several years as a student researcher at the Nanotechnology-enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Engineering Research Center, a new way to remove bacteria in water, including the floating device “sterilizing jellyfish.” I found. It emits ultraviolet rays that kill bacteria.

During the pandemic, Pascavis placed a commitment to public health and sustainability, combined with her engineering and research skills, to work with ASU’s Luminosity Lab. These efforts have led to new methods for disinfecting masks, the design of N95 alternatives, and PPE advice to local hospitals. Currently, she is aiming to utilize her technical expertise and assume a leading role in the country.

“I was recently elected to the Global 4-H Youth Committee and is now launching an initiative to encourage 4-Hers to carry out their own environmental action projects,” she said. “This is a recent activity and still very ongoing, but I’m very excited about this idea because I grew up in 4-H. It’s a very important part of my life and He taught me to take action in my community. ”

In August, Pascavis and Bia will visit Tucson for a five-day Udall Scholar orientation. This orientation brings together an entire cohort of Udall Scholars across the country to participate in leadership development programming, expert networking, and detailed case studies.

“Udal Orientation and the Graduation Network are really the most valuable parts of the scholarship,” Mox said. “Through these channels, Udall Scholars can connect with other ambitious and like-minded students across the United States. This experience accelerates towards their professional and personal aspirations. It will help. “

Support community

Udall scholarship applicants must be recommended by their institution. In addition, each university has a limit on the number of students that can be recommended. At ASU, the process is managed by ONSA. This committee organizes a faculty committee to review and approve nomination applications.

The main recruitment and advice for applicants will be provided by Shay Masterson, ONSA’s Outreach and Inclusion Program Manager. Masterson works with various ASU units such as the School of Sustainability and American Indian Student Support Services to identify and prepare candidates for Udall scholarships.

“Without the support of ASU-wide partners, we would not have been able to successfully identify, encourage and guide potential candidates for Udall scholarships,” Masterson said. “Faculty and staff with these units were essential from start to finish in the application process. They work so closely with the students in each unit that they can connect ONSA with candidates and many. If so, we will go further and provide applicants with a one-on-one mentorship and serve as a member of the selection committee. “

Kaiser, a junior at The Honors College’s Life Sciences and Barrett University, was identified as an honorable mention. She worked with the Tempe City Council and Hoverley to increase the bat population near Lake Tempetown. Kaiser is also supporting research on infectious disease dynamics at the ASU Biodesign Center in Environmental Health Engineering. After Kaiser finishes her research at her ASU, she plans to do further research abroad before she earns her PhD with an emphasis on biodiversity systems.

Current ASU students interested in applying for a Udall scholarship in a future cycle can visit to schedule an advice meeting.

A story submitted by the National Scholarship Advice Office.