Alumni Mentors

Wondering if the Udall Scholarship is right for you? Want to know more about our growing network of alumni? If you are Native American or Alaska Native and are considering applying for the Udall Scholarship, our alumni mentors encourage you to contact them with questions about the application process and the benefits of becoming a Udall Scholar.

Bijiibaa' Garrison ('03, '04)


bijiibaa@gmail.com

I grew up on and near the Navajo Nation, in Kayenta, AZ and Waterflow, NM, and attended the University of Arizona where I was a Udall Scholar in 2003 and 2004. I received my Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition and had aspirations to learn more about American Indian policy, health policy, and biomedical research. Following graduation, I participated in the Udall Congressional Internship in Washington, DC, where I was placed in Senator McCain's office. I'm currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School and have interests in primary care and public health, particularly focusing on American Indians. My involvement with the Udall Foundation has been instrumental in my education, exposure to environmental and American Indian issues, and dedication to improving American Indian health. I am also tremendously grateful to have access to and communication with a talented group of individuals within the Udall alumni network.

Samuel Kohn ('07)


sam.kohn@mac.com

Samuel Kohn is the son of Jonathan Kohn and Aurora Mountainsheep Kohn. He was born and raised in Dunmore, Montana, located on the Crow Reservation. Samuel is a 2007 Udall Scholar and a 2008 Udall Native American Congressional Intern. He's a graduate of Dartmouth College and is currently pursuing his law degree at the University of Wisconsin. In the past, he has been fortunate enough to serve as State Director for Native American Outreach for Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign, intern at the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities, and participate in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. His goal is to use the educational opportunities which he has been fortunate enough to receive to help and support Native people and tribal sovereignty throughout Indian Country.

Autumn Mitchell ('08)


mitch489@gmail.com

Autumn Ellie Mitchell is Ojibwe and a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. Autumn developed a love for Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language) as a young student on her home reservation. As a college student, Autumn conducted research on Anishinaabemowin acquisition by English speakers and assisted in the establishment of an Ojibwe language immersion program for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Autumn earned a B.A. in linguistics from Michigan State University. She is currently working on writing children's books entirely in Anishinaabemowin, in an effort to reintroduce everyday Ojibwe language into Anishinaabe homes. Autumn also does traditional Ojibwe crafts such as beadwork and quillwork and is a Jingle Dress Dancer.