Udall Scholarship is an award given to sophomores and juniors enrolling in an approved college or institution that is competitive and merit-based. Just read on for more information.

Udall Scholarship

The Foundation provides 80 undergraduate scholarships of up to $5,000 each year to students majoring in environmental studies as well as Native American and Alaska Native students majoring in health care or tribal public policy.

About the Udall Scholarship

All new Udall Scholars attend a five-day conference called the Scholar Orientation every August in Tucson, Arizona.

Scholars develop relationships with one another, Udall Alumni, and professionals working on environmental and tribal concerns while working together on a case study and learning new ways to interact.

August 2–6 in 2023 will mark Scholar Orientation. It is necessary that all 2023 Scholars attend.

The two optional pre-orientation seminars on community-based research for tribal and environmental health and Introduction to Native Nation-Building are also available to scholars.

All Scholars will develop new abilities and viewpoints, regardless of their area of study environment, tribal public policy, or health care.

Scholars will receive a travel scholarship for costs associated with travel to and from Tucson for the Scholar Orientation. Lodging and meals during Orientation will be provided by the Udall Foundation.

About Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

The Udall Scholarship provides:

1. 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.

2. Five days in Tucson, Arizona, at Scholar Orientation: extending your professional network, meeting other scholars and alumni, and learning new skills.

3. Up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses.

How to Apply

The online application is available. Only your Udall faculty representative can give you access to the application.

Application deadline:

  • Find your Udall faculty rep
  • Select a State

Your Udall application will consist of:

  • An 11-question application;
  • An 800-word essay related to the Udall Foundation’s core values.
  • 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.

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Who Should Apply

Are you working towards positive solutions to environmental challenges or to issues impacting the 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

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