Topics: College of Architecture and Planning, Scholarships

May 2, 2012

Ball State student Chris Reinhart is the university's first architecture major to earn a prestigious Udall Scholarship.

During the last decade, Reinhart, 34, has been active in the natural building profession, leading many workshops throughout the state for individuals hoping to learn about building with earth, straw bales and other natural materials.

A junior, Reinhart intends to use his Ball State education to pursue a master of architecture degree and establish an architecture firm that uses natural building materials, reduces waste and brings environmentally sustainable design to underserved populations.

Reinhart is one of 80 students nationwide to receive a 2012 Udall Scholarship, considered the most prestigious award in the nation for undergraduates committed to environmental careers and/or Native American tribal issues. He will receive a $5,000 scholarship and will attend a scholar orientation weekend in Tucson, Ariz., in August.

"I feel very honored to be chosen as a Udall scholar," said Reinhart, a Bloomington native. "I am excited to be surrounded by other young environmental leaders during orientation week. I have no doubt the experience will stretch my mind and help me to see the bigger picture."

He is the sixth Ball State University student to win the Udall Scholarship since 2005.

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By Chanel Richards