Sam Ressin of Vienna, Virginia, is one of only 55 college students out of 443 nationwide candidates to receive a 2019 Udall Scholarship.
The Udall Foundation gives scholarships to sophomores and juniors for “leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.”
The funding will support Ressin’s plans to travel to Colombia in summer 2019, where he will collect independent research on food waste — one of the top contributors to global emissions.
Ressin is a rising senior studying economics and statistics in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and is completing a certificate in Global Studies out of the University Center for International Studies. Ressin serves as director of Pitt Green Fund, is a Chancellor’s Scholar and a recipient of the Summer Undergraduate Research Award. He is also founder and former president of Pitt’s Climate Stewardship Society.