Grand Valley State University student Ashley Keller has been selected by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation as a 2010 Udall Scholar. Keller, of Harbor Springs, is a behavioral science major with a concentration in sociology and a theater minor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was one of 80 students selected nationwide for this highly competitive award and will receive up to a $5,000 scholarship. Keller is the first Udall Scholar in Grand Valley history. Keller is one of 80 students from 63 colleges and universities who have been selected as 2010 Udall Scholars. This highly qualified class of Udall Scholars was selected from a record 537 candidates nominated by 256 colleges and universities.
A 14-member independent review committee selected this year's group of scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement. As a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Keller plans to pursue graduate study in tribal public policy. Her career goal is to help Native American children through program development or social work. She is committed to influencing the well-being of Native Americans through cultural and health awareness education and counseling. The 2010 Udall Scholars will assemble August 4-8, 2010, in Tucson, Arizona, to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.