Apr 16, 2007    #061
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UMKC's Dustin Jensen lands prestigious Udall Scholarship for a second time

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship is one of the most coveted honors sought by the nation’s highest achieving college and university students. University of Missouri-Kansas City junior Dustin Jensen not only has the honor of accepting the $5,000 scholarship but the prestige of having accomplished that feat for a second year in a row.

Jensen is among only 80 students nationwide to be named a 2007 Udall Scholar. More than 430 candidates were nominated for the honor by 221 colleges and universities. The students were selected on the basis of their academic achievements, leadership potential and commitment to pursuing careers in the fields of environment or tribal health care and public policy.

At UMKC, Jensen is ambitiously pursuing three degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs. Upon graduation, he plans to seek a master’s degree in public administration with the aim of pursuing a career in the non-profit sector promoting energy and waste conservation. Jensen is particularly interested in environmentally friendly residential and commercial building sciences and urban planning. He’s already a veteran in the field, having invested thousands of hours in community non-profit agencies including the Metropolitan Energy Center, Habitat Humanity Restore and the Missouri Waste Control Coalition.

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation was authorized by Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Morris K. Udall’s legacy of public service. He served in the House of Representatives for three decades, during which his love for the environment resulted in numerous pieces of legislation. Chief among them was the Alaska Lands Act of 1980, which doubled the size of the national park system and tripled the national wilderness. Udall also championed the rights of Native Americans and Alaska Natives, using his leadership in Congress to strengthen tribal self-governance.

Jensen, his fellow scholarships winners and those students receiving honorable mentions will assemble August 1-5 in Tucson to receive their awards and meet policy-makers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care and governance. For a listing of all the 2007 Udall Scholars and Honorable Mentions or for more information about the foundation and related program, go online to or contact Melissa Millage at (520) 901-8562.

UMKC is one of four University of Missouri campuses. It is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.



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