Lauren Horning of Bellefonte, who is majoring in environmental studies and Spanish at Washington & Jefferson College, was one of five sophomores in the country to be awarded the 2013 Morris K. Udall Scholarship. The award is presented annually to college sophomores and juniors committed to pursuing careers in the environment, tribal public policy or Native American health care. The $5,000 prize is earmarked for tuition. Horning began composting on campus last year and created the Green House, an environmentally themed residence hall at W&J that promotes recycling, environmental stewardship and energy conservation. Horning would like to one day manage an environmental education center with a summer camp for children, teaching programs on how to buy sustainably, grow organic food, recycle and upcycle old products. She also coordinates an effort on campus to gather books and ship to Better World Books, which sells them to fund global literacy initiatives or sends them to Africa. Horning is an Alpha Scholar and will study abroad in Ecuador next spring.
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