Udall Foundation Selects Meredith Bain ’19 as 2018 Udall Scholar

Meredith becomes NC State’s 15th Udall Scholar and its first since 2014.

This year, 50 Udall Scholars were selected from a candidate pool of 437 students from 209 colleges and universities. The value of the scholarship is $7,000 and includes access to Udall alumni. The Udall Foundation has distributed 1,624 scholarships since 1996.

Goodnight Scholar Meredith Bain ’19 of Charlotte, North Carolina received this prestigious honor for her commitment to solving issues related to environmental policy. Meredith is majoring in both mathematics and German studies, and serves as the president of the Climate Reality Project Campus Corps, executive committee student representative for the Sierra Club’s Capital Group, and executive with the Student Government Sustainability Department. Meredith will be pursuing her JD with an energy law concentration with the goal of establishing renewables as North Carolina’s primary source of energy.

With this honor, Meredith becomes the first Goodnight Scholar to receive a major national fellowship.

“Learning about [Stewart] Udall’s work reinforced my sense of the urgency of promoting renewable energy, but it also encouraged me to see the extent to which renewable technologies have progressed since [his] time,” said Bain. “He spent his career advocating for the research to develop the affordable solar and wind technologies on the market today, and it is awesome to think that the work I want to do will build upon his success by implementing those technologies.”

Article adapted from “Two NC State Juniors Selected By Udall Foundation as 2018 Scholar, Honorable Mention” by Alsace Gallop of the NC State Fellowship Advising Office.

Photography credit: Jason Perry/Goodnight Scholars Program