Luther College junior Callie Mabry named Udall Scholar

Mabry selected from 488 candidates to receive $5,000 scholarship

Luther College junior Callie Mabry of Fort Collins, Colo., was named a Udall Scholar on Wednesday, March 27. She was selected from a pool of 488 candidates nominated by 230 colleges and universities to receive the scholarship.

The Udall Foundation selected 50 students from 43 colleges and universities as 2013 Udall Scholars. A 14-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Udall Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Native American health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; academic achievement; and record of public service.

Mabry, the daughter of Kevin and Kathy Mabry, of Fort Collins, is majoring in environmental studies and history at Luther. She is a 2010 graduate of Poudre High School.

Mabry's plans are to work for a nonprofit organization that focuses on advocacy and community work on environmental issues. "I find increasing clarity about my future career as I continue to take environmental studies classes, learn more about environmental issues, gain experience from internships and study abroad trips, and engage in dialogue with people who are passionate about good stewardship of the earth and point me in the direction of new opportunities," she said.

At Luther, Mabry has been named to the school's dean's list every semester and was granted the Luther College Regent Scholarship—the college's highest merit scholarship.

In her freshman year at Luther, Mabry presented a writing seminar research paper at the Luther College Research Symposium, and in 2012 presented her Spanish literature research paper at the Streamlines Conference in Dubuque, Iowa. Mabry was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society in November.

At Luther Mabry has served on Luther's Food Council, the Energy and Water Committee, the Campus Ministries FOCUS team and Model United Nations. She was the student leader for a week-long canoe trip for incoming freshmen, and is a cellist in the Luther College Philharmonia.

Each Udall scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the scholar's junior or senior year. Since the first awards in 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,364 scholarships totaling $6,820,000.

The 2013 Udall Scholars will assemble Aug 7-11, in Tucson, Ariz., to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.