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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: Resume, several brief essays, and a final 800-word essay discussing Morris or Steward Udall. 
  3. Three letters of recommendation from faculty, work/internship/volunteer supervisors, or community leaders 

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.