AUBURN – Mobile native Nathan Warner, a biosystems engineering student in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has been selected as one of 80 recipients from 61 universities for a Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship for Excellence in National Environmental Policy. Scholars were selected on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement.
Warner, who is also pursuing a minor in sustainability, is strongly committed to alleviating poverty, which complements his dedication to a sustainable environment. The focus of his honors thesis is the provision of safe water and sanitation to those most affected by poverty and hunger. He is a member of the Honors College, the Committee of 19 and co-founder of the Auburn chapter of “Engineers without Borders.” Warner will use the $5,000 Udall Scholarship to fund his senior year at Auburn.
“It’s definitely an honor to be recognized with the top student leaders in sustainability from around the country,” Warner said. “Getting involved with sustainability-related student organizations has truly shaped my goals and passions in life. There are so many inspiring students involved with these initiatives that I truly believe are going to change the world. I am just blessed to be a part of these wonderful opportunities at Auburn. I have a feeling that there will be many more Udall Scholars from this university within the next few years.”
“Nathan stands out as someone who has taken the lead to bring environmental and global awareness to the attention of the student body,” said Paul Harris, associate director of the Honors College. “He embodies the characteristics of a servant-leader on the Auburn campus which call us to serve a higher purpose, to work for a common good, and to seek to improve the lives of those most in need.”
This year’s class of Udall Scholars was selected from 510 candidates nominated by 231 colleges and universities. They will assemble Aug. 3-7, in Tucson, Ariz., to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care and governance.
Established by Congress in 1992 to honor Morris K. Udall’s 30 years of service in the House of Representatives and enhanced by Congressional action in 2009 to honor Stewart L. Udall’s vast public service, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation is dedicated to educating a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through scholarship, fellowships and internship programs focused on environmental and Native American issues.
(Submitted by Carol Nelson.)