Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.
In 2020, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 55scholarships of up to $7,000 each.
The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.
The Udall Scholarship provides:
- Access to the Udall Alumni Network: an association of change-makers, working in Indian country and environmental fields, sharing innovative ideas, professional advice, and job and internship opportunities.
- Five days in Tucson, Arizona, at Scholar Orientation: extending your professional network, meeting other scholars and alumni, and learning new skills.
- Up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses. (See our FAQs for scholarship award benefits and conditions.)
- Are you working towards positive solutions to environmental challenges or to issues impacting Indian country?
- Have you demonstrated your commitment to one of these areas through public service?
- Do you inspire and motivate others to take action?
- Are you committed to making a difference through civility and consensus building?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, the Udall Scholarship may be right for you. Click on the category that best fits your interests and goals to find out more.
Tribal Policy: For Native Americans and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country
Native Health Care: For Native Americans and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers
Environment: For undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues
Step 2: Find your Facultyrep. Only your school’s Udall faculty representative can give you access to the online application. Contact your faculty rep today; many schools have internal deadlines up to six months earlier than the Udall Foundation’s submission deadline of 3/5/2020.
Step 3: Review the sample application. The Udall Scholarship is a highly competitive award; start now so that you can prepare the best application possible. Work closely with your faculty rep as you revise your application.
Step 4: Request your letters of recommendation and transcripts. Visit our FAQs to learn more.
Step 5: Revise, revise, revise. Visit Advice and Guidance for additional information.
Your Udall application will consist of:
- An 11-question application;
- 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;
- Transcripts for all college coursework; and
- Three letters of recommendation that speak to your leadership, public service and academic achievements.
Additional documentation is required for applicants in tribal public policy and health care, and for U.S. permanent residents.