Students Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

A commitment to environmental stewardship recently led to scholarships for five UM students.

Students named Wyss Scholars

The Wyss Foundation, in collaboration with UM representatives, has chosen four UM students for their commitment to careers in western land conservation.

Wyss Scholars

The 2012-13 Wyss Scholars for Conservation in the American West are Catherine Berg, Nick Engelfried, Hilary Eisen and Talasi Brooks.

"The Wyss Scholarship expands my opportunities by making me part of a web of environmental professionals nationwide and, of course, by supporting my work here in Montana," Brooks says.

Her deep passion for the environment started during summer road trips with her family to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. In addition to those trips, she worked on a trail crew in California's High Sierras, where she learned about wilderness areas and felt inspired and grateful.

"The Environmental Studies program drew me to The University of Montana," Brooks says. "It was the only graduate program to which I applied. I chose it because of its unique emphasis on environmental writing and the joint degree program with law," she adds.

Following the completion of both programs, Brooks plans on pursuing a career in conservation.

Pictured to the left: Catherine Berg and Hilary Eisen.

Student Wins Two Coveted Scholarships

Senior Zachary Brown has won two prestigious national scholarships for his environmental stewardship: a Truman Scholarship for $30,000 and a $5,000 Udall Scholarship.

Brown, a Bozeman High School graduate and the incoming president of the Associated Students of The University of Montana, is a junior in environmental studies and climate change. He is UM's 12th Truman Scholar and 35th Udall winner. He is also a Presidential Leadership Scholar in the Davidson Honors College.

"This just makes me feel very grateful," Brown says. He adds he appreciates all the UM people "who created this life-changing opportunity for me."

Brown plans to study and work in water law, work for a nonprofit organization and engage in politics to advocate for water policy and environmental issues.