Sophomore Karina Machado Receives Udall Scholarship
Posted April 8, 2002
HOLLAND -- Hope College sophomore Karina Machado
of Hudsonville has received a Morris K. Udall Scholarship
for the 2002-03 school year.
Only 80 of the scholarships were awarded
nationwide by the Morris K. Udall Foundation, with an
additional 30 students receiving honorable mention. The
scholarships, which are for up to $5,000, are awarded to
American juniors and seniors in fields related to the
environment, and to Native American and Alaska Natives in
fields related to health care or tribal policy.
Machado is a biology major who plans to teach at
the secondary level. Her hope is to share her enthusiasm
for the environment with hands-on learning experiences that
will inspire the same sort of enthusiasm within her
"I've always been really interested in being
outside and loved being outside and being in nature," she
said. "The times when I've learned the most have been when
I've been outside experiencing what I've been learning, and
I want to apply that model as a teacher in teaching my
students the fundamentals of biology."
In addition to her coursework for her major in
biology and in the department of education, Machado is
minoring in chemistry and English. She has conducted
research on swimmer's itch during the summer with Hope
biologist Dr. Harvey Blankespoor, and this summer will work
with him as a teaching assistant and conduct research at the
University of Michigan biological station.
Her involvement in the department of biology has
also included serving as a teaching assistant in biology,
the Beta Beta Beta biology honorary society. Her other
activities at Hope have included participating in spring
break mission trips, serving as a resident assistant and
She is a 2000 graduate of Hudsonville High School.
She is the daughter of Irene Machado of Hudsonville and
Claudio Machado of Savannah, Ga.
The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by
the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Morris King Udall's 30
years of service in the House of Representatives. A
Democrat, he represented Arizona's District 2 from 1961 to
1991. His legislative highlights included the Alaska Lands
Act of 1980, which doubled the size of the national park
system and tripled the size of the national wilderness