Published: May 25, 2022 By

Beth Rossman, a sophomore majoring in environmental engineering, has been awarded a Udall Scholarship, becoming the 12th CU Boulder student to be honored with the scholarship.

Beth Rossman

Rossman, who is from Littleton and is specializing in water resources and treatment with the goal of becoming a water resources engineer, is one of 55 students honored with the scholarship nationally in 2022. The scholarships are awarded to students who show a commitment to leadership, public service, the environment and Native American issues.

“To me, inequitable access to clean water around the world is one of the most pressing challenges we face, and this issue has a profound impact on both people and the natural world,” Rossman said. “Ultimately, my goal is to work toward solving the many water resources problems that are worsening as a result of climate change.” 

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships of up to $7,000 each to college sophomores and juniors. This year’s scholars were selected out of 382 eligible candidates nominated by 181 colleges and universities.

“It’s exciting to see Beth recognized for her commitment to environmental equity through water resources engineering,” said Deborah Viles, director of the Office of Top Scholarships at CU Boulder. “Beth says she hopes to bring the spirit of Morris and Stewart Udall into her career, and I believe she will do just that. Her success makes us all proud.”

Sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care should contact Viles at for information on how to apply next year.

CU Boulder Today chatted with Rossman about her time at CU Boulder and plans for the future. 

What are you up to this summer?

This summer I will be working as an engineering intern with Tacoma Water, which is a public utility that provides clean water to more than 300,000 people in Tacoma, Washington. I’m looking forward to this opportunity because I will be part of a team that works to provide crucial services to serve a community. 

Why CU Boulder?

I chose CU for its amazing environmental engineering program, as well as the opportunity to pursue a variety of hobbies, such as skiing, backpacking and music. 

What do you do for fun?

Outside of school and work, I spend most of my time outdoors or making music. I am the music director of one of CU’s co-ed a capella groups, and I am also involved in the treble chorus. I love hiking, skiing and backpacking, and if I’m not out doing one of those things I’m typically planning my next big road trip. 

Best part of going to CU Boulder?

My favorite part about going to CU is the support I receive from my friends, coworkers and professors to pursue my goals, whether academic or just for fun. I’ve been able to pursue so many different dreams, from becoming an engineer to singing in a college a capella group. I also love that CU values sustainability as much as I do.

What’s next after college?

Once I graduate, I hope to pursue a master’s degree in hydrology or environmental engineering, and then pursue my professional engineer license.