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U of M student named prestigious Udall Scholar

April 5, 2012

Eric Sannerud (Edina, Minn.), a junior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities has been awarded a 2012 Morris K. and Stuart L. Udall Scholarship in recognition of his commitment to the environment. The 80 students selected as 2012 Udall Scholars receive a scholarship of up to $5,000 and participate in Udall Foundation activities, including a four-day Scholars Orientation in Tucson in August.

Sannerud is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Inter-College Program, where he is combining focuses in sustainability and applied business with participation in the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs program. He plans to pursue a master’s in environmental and food systems policy before dedicating his career to policy work and advocacy promoting food system equity.

Sannerud is the former president of the Energy Efficiency Student Alliance (EESA), a group that has created a unique model for improving energy efficiency on campus by changing employee behaviors building by building. He has presented EESA's "Power Police" model at regional and national conferences, and it has been adopted by student organizations at several other institutions. Last fall, he founded U Students Like Good Food, a campus organization dedicated to promoting a healthier and safer food system on campus. A passionate proponent of collaborative efforts, Sannerud has been instrumental in building positive relationships between these organizations and the U's Facilities Management and Dining Services. He is also the co-founder of a community-supported agriculture farm in western Wisconsin. 

Sannerud is the third U of M, Twin Cities student to be named an Udall Scholar, following Siri Simons (2012, UHP and CFANS) and Erick Boustead (2008, CSOM). Several U of M, Twin Cities students have been recipients of the Udall Foundation's prestigious Native American Congressional Internships in the past few years. 

Naomi Wente, a student at the University of Minnesota, Morris, was also awarded an Udall Scholarship. Wente aspires to a career developing partnerships with local food-system leaders, nonprofits and policy makers with the goal of further cultivating a sustainable food system that results in healthier food economies, communities and environments.

Established by Congress in 1992, 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. It honors brothers Morris K. Udall and Stewart Udall for their lifelong public service. To find out more, visit:

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