Kansas University senior-to-be Chenaye Brashear has been named one of 75 national winners of a $5,000 Morris K. Udall Scholarship.
The scholarship honors the former congressman and was established to attract students into careers in environmental public policy, health care or tribal public policy.
Brashear, a speech-language-hearing major who transferred to KU from Haskell Indian Nations University, is a member of the Cherokee Nation.
The scholarship program was established by Congress in 1992, and is administered by The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation in Tucson, Ariz. The first scholarships were awarded in 1995.
Undergraduates who intend to pursue careers related to the environment and to American Indians and Alaska native undergraduates who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy are eligible for the one-year scholarships. Applicants must be in their sophomore or junior year and must be nominated by their university.
Brashear will complete a bachelor's degree in speech-language-hearing in May 1999. She plans to pursue a master's degree in speech-language-hearing, enabling her to work as a speech-language pathologist.
In her application, Brashear noted a need for American Indian speech pathologists.
"Many Native Americans are without the opportunity to receive speech-language-hearing services for various reasons,'' Brashear said.
At KU, Brashear is a dean's scholar and a Kansas Native American Training Program Scholar.