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Barbara Laskin
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Macalester Student from Iowa City, Iowa,
 Wins Udall Scholarship

Matthew Kazinka

April 16, 2010 – St. Paul, Minn.– Matthew Kazinka '11, a Macalester College junior from Iowa City, Iowa, majoring in Environmental Studies and concentrating in Urban Studies, has been awarded a Udall Scholarship. Kazinka plans a career as an organizer and innovator in the green economy.

The Udall provides up to $5,000 per year for undergraduate tuition, room and board. This year's group of scholars were selected on the basis of a commitment to a career in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement.

Kazinka is one of 80 students from 63 colleges and universities to be selected this year. Since 1996, 1,155 students have received the Udall Schlarship.

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 Udall Foundation is dedicated to educating a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs focused on environmental and Native American issues.  The Udall Foundation is also committed to promoting the principles and practices of environmental conflict resolution.

The 2010 Udall Scholars will assemble August 4-8, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz., to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.