The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards scholarships on the basis of merit to sophomore and junior level college students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment, to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, or to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.
Because environmental issues and Native American tribal issues can be approached from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, there is no typical Udall Scholar. Majors have included environmental engineering, biology and other natural sciences, natural resource management, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, history, public policy, and pre-law. Successful candidates generally have taken courses in ethics and public policy and performed community service in the area of the candidate’s future career.
Scholars are selected on the basis of:
Demonstrated commitment to environmental or natural resource issues, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Commitment is demonstrated through substantial contributions to and participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, research, tribal involvement, community or public service;
Course of study and proposed career likely to lead to position where nominee can make significant contributions to their field of involvement;
Leadership, character, desire to make a difference, general well-roundedness.
Be a matriculated sophomore or junior-level student at a two-year or four-year institution of higher education, pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree;
Be committed to a career related to the environment, or committed to a career in tribal public policy or Native American health (only Native Americans and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native American health care). Students pursuing environmentally related careers do not need to be Native American, nor do they need to demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or Native health;
Have a college grade point average of at least a “B” or the equivalent;
Be pursuing full-time study during the academic year following application;
Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.
The Foundation awards up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses.
Duration of the award varies depending on the Scholar’s program of study.