2008 Scholar

Elinor Benami
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Elinor Benami
Elinor is a second-year International Studies and Economics double major focusing on environment, ecology, economic development, and trade. She has been co-chair of the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee, and interned for the N.C. Botanical Garden, where she enjoys connecting with university community members over invasive exotic species removal. She is co-chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee in student government, and she'll be heading up a sustainable agriculture theme house in the fall. Her other passions include simple living, civic engagement, native plants, community development, connecting people with similar interests, bluegrass music, Appalachia, reading good books, Southeast Asian affairs, serving as a campus tour guide, and riding her bike around town.

How can you describe a weekend of student leaders from across the U.S. with an intense passion to change the world? The Orientation was a phenomenal experience to meet and build connections that I'm sure will last a lifetime.

Emily Bacha, 2009 Udall Scholar


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