Alexandra Johnson Named 2015 Udall Scholar
Alexandra Johnson, who is majoring in American Indian Studies with an emphasis on Ojibwe languge, has been awarded a Udall Scholarship for Tribal Public Policy. Udall Scholarships, funded by Congress and administered by the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, honor exceptional students who are committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy or Native American health care.
A descendant of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe, Alexandra plans to complete a graduate degree in education and to work to develop educational programs that will revitalize Native American languages and close the achievement gap between Native and non-Native students.
With retired University of Minnesota Instructor Dennis Jones, Alexandra is working to transcribe, translate, and edit a collection of recordings made by native Ojibwe speakers. On campus she is an Ojibwe language tutor, a member of the Society of Undergraduate Linguistics, and treasurer of the American Indian Student Cultural Center.
Alexandra also volunteers at the Bdote Learning Center in Minneapolis and with the language immersion camp run by the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in northwestern Ontario. Alexandra, a graduate of Hopkins High School, will also spend this summer in Washington, DC with the Udall Native American Congressional Internship Program.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities students who are interested in applying for the scholarship in the future may consult the Office of National and International Scholarships by visiting www.honors.umn.edu/scholarships or by contacting Timothy Jones at email@example.com.