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Udall Scholarship


Check out this recent post on climate change by Senator Tom Udall, son of Stewart Udall

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

Institutional Endorsement: The Udall Scholarship does not allow direct applications. Students must be nominated by the U-M Udall Committee. Please see this page for application instructions for endorsement.

U-M Nomination Deadline: Last Monday of January by 12:00 noon.

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)


  1. U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident at time of application.  Applicants for the tribal policy or healtcare scholarships must be of native heritage (see the Udall website for details on eligibility)

  2. Sophomore or junior

  3. Commitment to a career related to the environment, tribal public policy, or American Indian healthcare.

  4. Demonstrated record of service and leadership in one of these fields.

  5. The Udall Scholarship has no minimum GPA.  The average GPA of Udall Scholars is 3.7, with winners above and below this mark.  Students below 3.7 can be competitive if they have a strong record of service and leadership related to their environmental or tribal policy career goals.

Application Instructions:

  1. Contact Henry Dyson in the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships to be registered on the Udall Foundation website.  The Udall Application will be available starting October 1st.  Once you have been registered you will have access to the online application.

  2. Complete the online application which includes:

  • Resume of service activities, research, and employment/internships

  • Brief essays detailing your leadership accomplishments, most satisfying service activity, an important issue you plan to address in your service career, graduate school and post-graduate career plans.  Note that the leadership and service essay topics should be chosen in conjunction with your leadership and service letter writers. See the Udall website for helpful advice and guidance on the application.

  • An 800-word essay discussing a significant public speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by Morris or Steward Udall.  An archive of their speeches and publications is available on the Udall Foundation website.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with Henry Dyson in the selection of this policy topic.

  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty, work/internship/volunteer supervisors, or community leaders who can speak to your:

    • Leadership Abilities and Potential
    • Commitment to a Career in Public Service
    • Intellect and Prospects for Continued Academic Success
  • Prior to requesting letters of recommendation, you must fill out the ONSF Student Waiver form, found here You will receive a receipt of your submission to share with your letter writers.  This receipt serves as your FERPA waiver and contains instructions for your letter writers to submit their letters electronically using an online form.

Note that the writer of your Leadership letter and Public Service letter should ideally be able to discuss the activities that you write about in response to Leadership and Service essays on the online application.  See Joe Schall's Advice for Udall Letter Writers for some additional suggestions that you can provide to your letter writers.

The completed application will be submitted electronically to Henry Dyson via the Udall Foundation website for review and institutional endorsement.

 3.  U-M nominees will be selected in late January and work with Henry Dyson or Udall committee members on submission of the final application before the early March national deadline.