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K-State Today

May 6, 2024

K-State junior selected as honorable mention for Udall scholarship

Submitted by Rafael Garcia

Abigail Ried, junior in cultural anthropology and the humanities, Paola, has been named an honorable mention selection for the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship.

The Udall Foundation annually awards $7,000 scholarships to 55 college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. Ried is one of 55 students nationwide to receive honorable mention honors from the foundation.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the faculty to apply for the Udall Environmental Scholarship," Ried said. "The scholarship is relevant to my interest in positively impacting the environment and my continued dedication to better understanding the necessary steps to do so."

Ried has been awarded honorable mention for the Udall scholarship for positive contributions to environmental conversation through filmmaking. She currently works as a journalist for the Kansas Army National Guard and as a music video producer.

An active member of the K-State community, Ried has been president of Cats Climb, a Latin tutor and ambassador in the department of modern languages and a teaching assistant for Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. She has also participated in undergraduate research, studying autism in rats under Bethany Plakke, assistant professor of psychological sciences.

She is the daughter of William and Anita Ried, both of Kansas, and an alumni of Prairie View High School.

The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance and health care, and on the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.

K-State students entering their sophomore or junior year in fall 2024 whose goals align with the Udall Foundation are invited to contact the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships regarding the next campus application process.

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