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Drexel's 2016 Udall Scholar

May 2, 2016

Congratulations to Drexel’s newest Udall Scholar - Alex McBride! 

We are delighted to announce that Drexel junior Alexander McBride (BS Materials Science and Engineering ’17, Honors) received the 2016 Udall Scholarship, a prestigious and highly-competitive award for students committed to issues related to the environment or Native American health and policy. 

McBride Headshot

Alex McBride began researching at Drexel in 10th grade with Dr. Caroline Schauer on organic photovoltaics. Alex is interested in leveraging photonics, a study dedicated to light-matter interaction, to solve some of our most pressing energy and environmental challenges. In 2015-16, Alex was President of both the Drexel Smart House and Drexel Students for Christ. Through the iSTAR program, he conducted research in Germany in 2013; in 2014, he worked at the University of Oulu in Finland as a Paul Peck Scholar. Alex is currently completing a co-op with Merck KGaA in Germany, focused on organic LED (OLED) materials for display applications. His faculty mentors are Dr. Yury Gogotsi and Dr. Caroline Schauer in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Udall Scholars are current sophomores and juniors, who are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to the environment or American Indian nations.  

As a 2016 Udall Scholar, Alex is one of just 60 students selected nationwide from a pool of 482 applicants nominated by 227 colleges and universities. He will receive a scholarship of up to $7000, participate in a four-day Scholar Orientation, and become a member of the Udall Alumni Network of environmental and tribal leaders and public servants sharing innovative ideas, professional advice, and job and internship opportunities.

McBride is the third Udall Scholar from Drexel University since the scholarship was created in 1992. Huge congratulations, Alex! 

Official Udall Foundation Press Release


Posted: 4/28/2016

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce that 60 students from 49 colleges and universities have been selected as 2016 Udall Scholars. A 15-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Udall Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, American Indian health care, or tribal public policy; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement. The review committee also awarded 51 Honorable Mentions.

This highly qualified class of Udall Scholars was selected from 482 candidates nominated by 227 colleges and universities. Forty Scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Fifteen American Indian/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to tribal public policy; five American Indian/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to health care. Thanks to strong recruiting efforts from faculty advisors, professors, alumni, and partners, nominations in the Native Health Care and Tribal Public Policy categories increased 67.8% from 2015.

Each scholarship provides up to $7,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year. Since the first awards in 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,524 scholarships totaling $7,740,000.

The 2016 Udall Scholars will assemble August 9-14, 2016, in Tucson, Arizona, to meet one another and program alumni; learn more about the Udall legacy of public service; and interact with community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.

Learn more about the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship and meet the 2016 Scholars.

Read the full press release on the Udall Scholarship website:

About the Udall Scholarship

Established by Congress in 1992, the Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships and internships for study in fields related to the environment and on issues facing American Indian nations. The Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics.

The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on American Indian self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. Each year, the Foundation awards 60 scholarships and 60 honorable mentions to sophomores and juniors committed to issues related to the environment or American Indian nations. Udall Scholars receive up to $7000 towards educational expenses, plus a leadership retreat and membership in the Udall Alumni Network.

For more information, visit our Udall Scholarship page or contact