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Chiono Selected for Udall Scholarship

Anton Chiono, of Summer Lake, Ore., has been named a Udall Scholar.

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships of up to $5,000 to college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment and to Native American and Alaska Native college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or health care.

Chiono, a junior environmental sciences major, received one of 80 prestigious scholarships awarded for 2005 from 436 nominations from 211 colleges and universities.

"My success with the Udall Scholarship is due largely to the guidance of our grants and awards directors," says Chiono, who is also a recipient of a Hatfield Scholarship, which recognizes students of extraordinary potential for achievement in public service. "Over three years ago, Dr. Jane Curlin [Willamette's former director of academic grants and awards] helped me identify my areas of interest and set me to thinking about shaping my experiences. Dr. Monique Bourque, the current director, helped me revise and edit many drafts of my application essay."

Chiono, who is also a member of the varsity baseball team, has already amassed an impressive range of experience in issues related to the environment. He worked on bird-banding and waterfowl population surveys for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He volunteered for the Nature Conservancy on bird banding and trout-tagging projects. He served on two Oregon watershed councils. On campus, he has been a research assistant, tutor and teaching assistant in the biology department and is a co-founder and member of the Rod & Reel Club.

Chiono is particularly interested in forest management. Growing up in part of the state that is largely dependent on the logging industry, Chiono became interested in the forest as both a resource and a problem. During the past three summers, he has worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the Summer Lake area. In fall 2004, he lived in Washington, D.C., for four months during an internship with the office of Oregon's U.S. Senator Gordon Smith, where he explored the intricacies of federal forest policy legislation.