Udall Scholarship: An Overview

At A Glance...

Official Name: 
Udall Scholarship
Campus Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2024
Who Should Apply?: 

Sophomores and juniors

What It's For: 

Undergraduate degree for students dedicated to a career in the environment, or to Native American students dedicated to Native public policy careers

Fields of Study: 
Any: for students committed to a career related to environmental science
Native American health care
Native American Tribal Public Policy

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The Udall Scholarship honors Morris K. Udall, an Arizona Congressman known for authoring legislation to protect wilderness areas and for his commitment to the Native American population. The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation annually awards approximately 50 scholarships of up to $5,000 each to sophomore and junior students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields; or Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or Native American health care.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at a university during the application year
  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident
  • Only Native Americans and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native American health care; however, students applying in environment do not need to be Native American or Alaska Native to apply

Candidate Profile

  • Commitment to a clear career path, demonstrated by academic achievement and extracurricular activities
  • Widely read among the speeches, legislation, and policy statements of Congressman Morris K. Udall or Secretary of the Interior Stewart L. Udall
  • Excellent critical analysis of your chosen speech or piece of legislation in your essay
  • Demonstrated desire for problem-solving and consensus-building
  • Demonstrated leadership potential, including the ability to form a vision, make it a reality, and inspire others

Additionally, for applicants in tribal public policy or Native American health care:

  • Explanation of how you will use your education to benefit your tribe or Native Americans in general
  • Demonstrated interest and involvement in tribal community (e.g., participation in cultural events, volunteering with organizations that benefit Native communities)
  • Support of a tribal leader or other professional who can attest to your involvement with your tribe or other Native American organization in a letter of recommendation

Application Components

  • Online application
  • Transcript
  • Udall Essay of no more than 800 words on a speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by either Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your interests and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application Procedure

All applicants MUST be nominated by their college or university. Detailed campus application information is provided directly to applicants once they declare their intention to apply.