Jessica Beckett ’06 is the second Sarah Lawrence student to receive a Udall Fellowship in the Environment in three years. The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards 80 merit-based scholarships of up to $5,000 to college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment. Beckett was recognized for her focus on the development of sustainable food systems.
Beckett is a student of environmental studies, public policy, and economics. She spent five months living on an organic farm in Costa Rica and is currently working to bring her food knowledge to her school environment. Founder of the group Progressive Produce, Beckett is working to integrate organic and local foods into Sarah Lawrence’s meal plan with the goal of having one-third of the system organic by next fall. Progressive Produce is also running a campaign to educate the campus about the benefits of eating foods produced through sustainable systems. Beckett plans to start a career of organizing and government lobbying.