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Udall Scholarship

Overview and Introduction

Honoring the legacy of U.S. Representative Morris Udall and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, the Udall Foundation awards $7,000 scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.  

Udall Scholars attend a 4-day orientation in Tucson, Arizona, and gain access to the Udall Alumni Network, an association of environmental and tribal leaders sharing innovative ideas, professional advice, and job and internship opportunities.

Undergraduates apply in one of three areas: environment, tribal policy, and native health care.

Eligibility:

  • Academics: Most successful applicants have at least a 3.7 GPA. 
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship 
  • Degree-Level: Sophomore or junior standing with full-time enrollment. 
  • Other: Applicants for tribal policy or healthcare must be of Native heritage (see Udall website for details). 

Application Deadlines

  • Campus Deadline: Last Monday of January by 12:00 noon EDT
  • Endorsement:  The Udall Scholarship does not allow direct applications. Students must be nominated by the U-M Udall Committee. 
    Please see the Canvas site for application instructions for endorsement. 

 

Udall Scholarship Selection Criteria

Scholarship Nominees must fall into one of two groups: 

  1. Those who intent to pursue careers in environmental public policy; or
  2. Native American and Alaska Native students who intend to pursue careers in health care or tribal public policy.

Prospective Applicants 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to join the U-M Nominated Scholarships Canvas site for an overview of the application, program requirements, additional advising information, and more. The Udall Scholarship application is submitted on the Udall Foundation web portal. 

Application Summary

Usall Scholarship applicants should refer to the ONSF Canvas site for detailed instructions. 

  1. Three letters of recommendation submitted to ONSF. 
  2. Online application including: 
    • A resume or CV
    • Several brief essays 
    • An 800-word essay discussing Morris or Steward Udall 
    • Unofficial U-M transcript (non-UM transcripts can be sent to ONSF) 

Nomination Process

Selected U-M nominees will work with Henry Dyson or Udall committee members on submission of the final application before the early March national deadline.