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LSU Nominates Four Students to Compete for the Prestigious Udall Scholarship

LSU has nominated four students to compete for the prestigious Udall Scholarship. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. Everett Craddock, Jonah Foster, Alexia LaGrone, and Sarah Tarver will compete with students from universities across the country for the chance to be named a 2021 Udall Scholar. Students are selected through an internal competition at LSU. In 2021, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 55 scholarships of up to $7,000 each. 

Everett Craddock, of Lafayette, LA, is a junior pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. As a member of the LSU Honors College and a LASAL Scholar, Craddock has worked with NOAA as an undergraduate Hollings Scholar. In the future, he wishes to pursue a Master of Environmental Management degree and ensure proper emphasis is placed on adapting scientific findings into policy and management solutions in order to address both physical and socioeconomic vulnerability in coastal communities as climate-induced threats become more severe.

Jonah Foster, of Baton Rouge, LA, is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Landscape Architecture.  As a member of the LSU Honors College, Foster is president of the Ratio Christi LSU chapter and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Foster wishes to work with an interdisciplinary landscape architecture firm that is dedicated to restoring environmental sustainability in local communities, while raising awareness for the increasing importance of environmental sustainability in landscape design.

Alexia LaGrone, of Lafayette, LA, is a junior pursuing a degree in Natural Resource Ecology and Management.  A member of the LSU Honors College and LASAL Scholar, LaGrone is also the recipient of the Stamps Scholarship and vice president of Sigma Alpha.  Upon graduation, LaGrone plans to pursue both a Master’s degree and law degree. She wishes to become an environmental lawyer specializing in climate law and work on environmental change in Florida.

Sarah Tarver, of Baton Rouge, LA, is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Plant and Soil Systems.  Tarver is the vice president of the Agriculture Student Association and policy coordinator for the LSU Student Government UNITY Campaign.  In the future, she hopes to bridge the gap between the agriculture industry and its stakeholders in order to preserve natural resources and solve climate issues.  Tarver plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in agriculture communications with the ultimate goal of putting research-based solutions into practice by working first-hand with land owners.


About the Office of Fellowship Advising

The Ogden Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising advises current students and recent graduates from all colleges at LSU as they apply for prestigious national and international fellowships. Students interested in applying for a Udall Scholarship may contact Drew Lamonica Arms at

About the Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 as an independent executive branch agency to honor Morris K. Udall's lasting impact on this nation's environment, public lands, and natural resources, and his support of the rights and self-governance of American Indians and Alaska Natives. The 1998 Environmental Policy and Conflict Resolution Act created the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution as a program of the Udall Foundation to assist parties in resolving environmental, public lands, and natural resources conflicts nationwide that involve federal agencies or interests. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to honor Stewart L. Udall and add his name to the Udall Foundation.

About the Ogden Honors College

The Ogden Honors College, established in 1992, is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.