SEA Member is Udall Scholar
Jeffery D. Sullivan ’14 was one of just 80 college students from around the country to be recognized for his commitment to environmental studies. In addition to a $5,000 scholarship prize from the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, Sullivan was given a chance to meet elected officials and environmental and Native American tribal leaders at the four-day Udall Scholars Orientation this summer in Tucson, Arizona.
Sullivan’s interest in the environment led him to choose Washington College after graduating from Lake Forest High School in Felton, Delaware. An environmental studies major, he participated in the College’s Chesapeake Semester program in the fall of 2011. The program combines fieldwork, intensive study and outdoor adventure throughout the 64,000 square mile watershed of the Bay and ends with a journey to Peru to compare the cultural, economic and political forces at work in each region.
“The Chesapeake Semester was an incredible experience, better even than I hoped it would be,” Sullivan says. “It brings together a lot of aspects of environmental work that are often disconnected, bringing all the stakeholders together to look at the issues that affect the health of the Bay.”
Sullivan is involved in a wide range of campus activities. He came to the College as a Presidential Fellow and is now a member of the Cater Society. In his freshman year, he became a parliamentarian for the Student Government Association, and he will be a Residential Advisor for the Presidential Fellows in Kent House for the 2012-2013 academic year.
As a member of the Student Environmental Alliance, he recently teamed up with a fellow student to start a Bike Share program on campus. In the summer of 2012, he interned at the College’s Chester River Field Research Center at Chino Farms, banding migratory birds and conducting research on songbirds.