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Udall Scholarship

Udall Scholarships are given to undergraduates who are committed to careers related to the environment, or to Native American and Alaskan Native students committed to careers related to tribal public policy or Native health care.

Udall Foundation Website

Campus Deadline: January

National Deadline: Early March


Eligibility Criteria:

  • A U.S. citizen, a U.S. permanent resident, or a U.S. national.
  • A full-time student in your sophomore or junior pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree
  • Have at least a B college average
  • Native health care and public policy applicants must be Native American or Native Alaskan

To be competitive for the Udall, candidates must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of a commitment to environmental/natural resource issues, tribal public policy, or Native health care
  • A proposed career likely to lead to a position where the nominee can make significant contributions to the shaping of environmental, tribal, or Native health care issues
  • Leadership and strength of character

Questions to consider:

  • Do your leadership and service relate to your environmental interests? The strongest examples show the student engaged in activities that have an impact on an aspect of their interest and goals.
  • Are you a problem-solver, not just a problem-identifier? The Foundation looks for candidates who have not only identified a problem, but proposed solutions and worked with others – potentially LED others – to make them happen.
    • And, do you work to bring opposing factions together, find compromise, and help to reach consensus? The Foundation prioritizes applicants who embody our motto “civility, integrity, consensus.”

Application Process:

  • An 800-word essay 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
  • Official transcripts and a complete online application, which includes several short essays
  • A nomination by the UT campus committee

To initiate the campus process, please request an appointment.