CORVALLIS - Two Oregon State University students have received $5,000 Morris K. Udall Scholarships for 2000-2001.

Nicole J. Maher of Logsden, a senior in health promotion and education, and Thomas H. Young of Milwaukie, a junior in the University Honors College majoring in biology, each received the scholarships. Maher received a second year competitive renewal after having held a Udall Scholarship in 1999-2000.

Young, currently in Costa Rica at the Ecolodge San Luis & Biological Research Station, has also been named a two-year Barry Goldwater Scholar for his research on ecosystem conservation.

"It is quite meritorious for two students from the same institution to be so recognized and a reflection of the growing stature of environmental science and environmental studies at OSU," said Joe Hendricks, dean of the University Honor College and faculty representative for the Udall Scholarship Initiative. "Both Maher and Young are outstanding and this recognition confirms their excellent academic records but more importantly, their potential for future contributions to environmental issues."

The U.S. Congress established the Morris K. Udall Foundation in 1992 to honor Morris King Udall's 30 years of service in the House of Representatives. Udall's career was distinguished by a commitment to preservation of the nation's natural environment. The Udall Foundation is committed to educating a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through studies in the environment, Native American health and tribal policy, and effective public policy conflict resolution.

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Joe Hendricks, 541-737-6400