posted April 12, 2010

Megan Haserodt Receives Udall Honorable Mention

Megan Haserodt, a Hope College junior from North Olmsted, Ohio, has received honorable mention in the scholarship program of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation.

The foundation selected 80 students nationwide as 2010 Udall Scholars, and awarded honorable mentions to 50 students.

The honorees were chosen on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement.  Honorable mentions receive a $350 award.

Those recognized were selected from a record-number 537 candidates nominated by 256 colleges and universities.  The program presented its first awards in 1996.

Haserodt is majoring in chemistry and geology, and minoring in environmental science.  She has conducted collaborative research with Dr. Jonathan Peterson, professor of geology and environmental science, and participated in research projects at the Mohonk Preserve in New York and with the Kenai Watershed Forum in Alaska.  In the spring of 2009, she received a highly competitive, two-year Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), one of only approximately 100 nationwide.

She is involved in campus organizations including the Center for Volunteer Services, the Environmental Issues Group and the Dance Marathon fund-raiser held on behalf of Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.  In March 2008, she received a Heart and Soul Award from Michigan Campus Compact; the awards are given to students to recognize their time, effort and personal commitment through service.

Haserodt is the daughter of Ben and Jody Haserodt of North Olmsted.  She is a 2007 graduate of Lake Ridge Academy.