Udall Scholarship

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Description: The Udall Foundation was created to honor the legacies of Congressman Morris Udall and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, whose careers significantly impacted Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues in one of the two categories: (1) Native American tribal policy or (2) the environment. The Udall scholarships provides access to the Udall Alumni network, a five-day scholar orientation, and a financial award.  

Award: Up to $7,000 per year for eligible undergraduate academic expenses, such as tuition, fees, books and supplies, and room and board. Sophomores who are awarded a Udall Scholarship will receive up to $7,000 in each of their junior and senior years. Juniors who are awarded a Udall Scholarship will receive up to $7,000 in their senior year.

Eligibility:

Environmental category

  • U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents
  • College sophomores and juniors
  • Demonstrated commitment to the environment through participation in campus activities or service to the community
  • Working toward a career related to environmental issues on a local, national, or global scale

Tribal Policy category

  • Native Americans and Alaska Natives
    • You are enrolled in a state or federally recognized tribe or band; or
    • One or more of your parents or grandparents was an enrolled member of a state or federally recognized tribe or band; or
    • You are a permanent U.S. resident or U.S. citizen who is a member of the First Nations of Canada.
  • College sophomores and juniors
  • Demonstrated commitment to Indian country through participation in cultural activities and service to the community
  • Working towards a career that will enable you to make a difference for your tribe or for Native Americans and Alaska Natives 

Application Materials: 

  • Online application (biographical information, academic background, career goals, leadership, etc.)
  • Essay: In 800 words or less, discuss a significant public speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by Congressman Morris K. Udall or Secretary of Interior Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your field of study, interests, and career goals. 
  • Transcripts 
  • Three letters of recommendation 

Selection Criteria:

  • Commitment to community service, environmental causes, or Native issues
  • Problem-solving and consensus-building 
  • Leadership potential 
  • Educational and professional work related to environmental causes or Native issues