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Duke Junior Receives Udall Scholarship for Work in Building Diverse Coalitions

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Duke junior Coral Lin has received the Udall Scholarship, which recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to careers in the environment, Native American tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Each scholarship provides up to $7,000 during the scholar’s junior and/or senior year.

Lin, from Newton, Mass., is one of 55 scholars chosen nationwide. She is double majoring in public policy and economics at Duke with a minor in environmental sciences and policy. She aspires to be a policy analyst working to reach communities most affected by climate change.

Lin’s commitment to environmental advocacy started in her hometown through her work with Green Newton and Engine 6. These activities continued to build throughout her collegiate years in partnership with the Duke Undergraduate Environmental Union, the League of Conservation Voters, and the National Resources Defense Council.

Lin’s approach to climate advocacy seeks to build diverse coalitions, paying particular attention to community members who have been, or are likely to be, influenced by climate injustice. Ultimately, Lin hopes to serve as a bridge between federal and state programs and community organizations at the local level to channel, deploy, and leverage resources to the benefit of marginalized communities.

She has already completed community-driven research with Ryke Longest and Lee Miller of Duke Law School and a year-long fellowship in ethical leadership with Professor Andrew Nurkin and Professor Alexandra Zagbayou of the Hart Leadership Program.

The Udall Scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.

A 20-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Udall Scholars, as well as honorable mentions, which included Duke students Dylan Cawley and Grace Dewyer.

Duke students and alumni can receive support for opportunities like the Udall Scholarship from the Nationally Competitive Scholarships team at the Office of University Scholars and Fellows. For more information on the Udall Scholarship, visit