FOREST?GROVE For the second consecutive year, Pacific University student Charlotte Basch, class of 2014, has been named a Udall Scholar, one of just 50 students nationwide in 2013 to receive the honor.
Basch is a junior from Seaside majoring in anthropology and sociology, while also minoring in Indigenous Studies.
The Udall Scholarship recognizes students on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement.
Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the scholars junior or senior year of college. Scholars also are invited to Tucson, Ariz., for a week in August to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care and governance.
Basch belongs to the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes and is a council member and Canoe Family captain for the Clatsop-Nehalem, located in northwest Oregon.
She is passionate about working towards her tribes federal recognition, as well as for the rights of indigenous people throughout the world.
The traditional culture of the Northwest has always held an important place in her life, and Basch hopes to continue serving indigenous people on the local, national and international stage.