2008 Recipients: Top Scholarships and Fellowships
2008 Truman Finalist
Corey Longhurst, a junior business administration and agricultural business double major, a 2005 graduate of Weld Central High School in Keenesburg, Colo., is actively involved in efforts to prevent homelessness in Fort Collins. Longhurst is involved with 24 Hours for the Homeless, a program being coordinated by Poudre School District and United Way. High school students dedicate a full day to volunteering at different homeless agencies and sleep in boxes in Old Town at night to raise awareness about homelessness. Longhurst is working to develop a similar program for his college peers.
As vice president of public relations on the Interfraternity Council, Longhurst spearheaded a campaign to raise money for a Habitat for Humanity house for a local Bosnian family. He coordinated 300 volunteers to raise awareness about homelessness and helped Greek chapters raise $14,000 toward the new home.
In addition, Longhurst is a Presidential Ambassador for CSU, representing the student body throughout the year at such events as the 1870 Recognition Dinner, the Monfort Lecture and the Rocky Mountain Showdown.
After graduation, Longhurst plans to pursue a master's degree in cross-cultural studies and an MBA with an emphasis in non-profit management.
"My commitment to service is deeply connected to my faith," Longhurst said. "It gives me the greatest joy to live outside myself and to live for the needs of others."
2011 Udall Scholars
Caitlin Powell, a junior year construction management major with a business administration minor from Minnetonka, Minn., plans to pursue a master's of design science in sustainable design. Powell participates in several sustainable and green building organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair, and is the president of the Emerging Green Builders of Northern Colorado.
Powell competed on Colorado State's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) student competition team, taking second in the nation, and has passed the LEED professional exam - a feat for seasoned professionals.
Powell also works with The National Center for Craftsmanship on "DeConstruct." The project involves dismantling and recycling three homes; it also trains people to become skilled craftsmen while minimizing the amount of waste in landfills.
Johanna Hamburger, a political science and economics double major, Hamburger participates in activities to protect the environment. She conducts research in Colorado State's Restoration Ecology lab to find a shrub species that can tolerate high zinc concentrations for use in the restoration of mining sites. She also has worked as an intern with Forest Guardians to list the black-tailed prairie dog under the Endangered Species Act.
Hamburger, a junior from Greenwood Village, Colo., is the founder of the Colorado State Mock Trial Team and co-editor of the Honors Program Literary Magazine. After graduation, she plans to pursue dual law and master's degrees in environmental studies and hopes to practice environmental law.