UW News

April 29, 2015

UW Tacoma junior wins prestigious Udall Scholarship

UW News

Faith Ramos, a junior studying sustainable urban development at UW Tacoma, was named one of 50 students nationally to receive the prestigious Udall Scholarship.


Faith Ramos.

Ramos worked for 15 years in arts and other nonprofits, including for National Parks programs that bring economically disadvantaged youth to the parks, before enrolling at UW Tacoma. She also has a strong background in filmmaking and singlehandedly produced, shot, edited, and narrated the documentary, “Heart & Sold,” which addresses gentrification in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

She is an urban forestry intern for the City of Seattle and hopes to work on environmental justice issues long-term. As an undergraduate researcher, Ramos is examining the links between urban forests and human health. Her research is guided by associate professor Matthew Kelley and senior lecturer Linda Ishem.

The Udall Scholarship awards 50 scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics.