Lee is double majoring in Native American Studies and American Studies. She is a member of the Navajo Nation and is guided in the service and commitment to her Indigenous communities through participating with a local Indigenous liberation organization with on-the-ground campaigns, assisting in community gardening and providing food and materials for unsheltered relatives (homeless). She is a Mellon Mays fellow and plans to pursue her doctorate and a career in higher education.
“This recenters my engagement of “Sa’ah Naaghai Bik’eh Hozho”, which references how I interact as a Diné and how I am responsible to my community and relatives,” she said. “The Udall scholarship exemplifies how essential Native students are in this commitment to contribute to our communities.”
As a Udall Scholar, Lee will receive up to $7,000. Since the first awards in 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,788 Scholarships totaling over $9.1 million and 1,169 Honorable Mentions.
The review committee also awarded 55 Honorable Mentions, including Chenoa Scippio and Dora Bean.
Chenoa Scippio is a junior majoring in Population Health and Native American Studies. She plans to pursue a master’s program in Population Health and aspires to be a health behavior interventionist. She looks forward to working with communities to understand and address their most pressing health concerns.
Dora Bean is an Honors College student majoring Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering. She plans to pursue a Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering in order to develop sustainable, culturally appropriate and cost-effective solutions in her home-state of New Mexico. Chenoa Scippio Dora Bean
The Udall Scholars will connect August 3-6 for the annual Udall Scholar Orientation 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.
Story courtesy of: UNM Newsroom