Morris K. Udall Scholarship Program

General Information:

To honor former Arizona Congressman Morris K. Udall through the operation of internship, scholarship, and fellowship programs, financed by a permanent trust fund endowment, to develop increased opportunities for young Americans to prepare for and pursue careers related to the environment and to Native Americans and Alaska Natives who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy. Assistance is intended for the use of scholars only.



Be committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in tribal public policy OR Native American health care.

  • Only Native Americans and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native American health care.*

  • Native American students studying tribal public policy or native health do not need to demonstrate commitment to the environment.

  • Likewise, 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.

Be a sophomore or junior-level student, enrolled full-time at a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education in the United States, pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree during the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • "Sophomore" is defined as a student who has completed at least one year of full-time undergraduate study and intends at least two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2014.

  • "Junior" is defined as a student who intends at least one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2014.

  • Students may apply for funding in both their sophomore and junior years; 3rd time applicants, however, will not be eligible.

Meet the following requirements:

  • Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent.

  • Be pursuing full-time study during the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.


Application Process:

Review Your Eligibility

To ensure that you are eligible to apply for the Udall Scholarship and that you can meet all deadlines, please visit Who Can Apply and Award Conditions & Benefits, and browse our Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Your Faculty Representative.

Students are nominated by their college or university's faculty representative, who is the liaison between the institution and the Foundation. Interested students should contact their FacRep as soon as possible for information on their university’s nomination process. Many universities have institutional deadlines several months in advance of the Foundation’s application deadline.

Obtain Your University's Nomination.

Each university may nominate up to six candidates for the Udall Scholarship. The Udall FacRep oversees the selection of the institution's nominees, registers nominees for the online application, helps nominees prepare for the competition, and electronically submits the application materials to the Foundation so that they are received by March 5, 2014.

Review the Application.

The Udall Scholarship online application will be available October 1, 2013. A sample application is available for reference only. To access the online application, your FacRep must register you as a potential nominee. All 2014 applicants must use the online application; the Foundation will not accept paper applications.

The application consists of:

  • An institutional nomination form from your faculty representative;
  • An 11-question application form;
  • An 800-word essay on a speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by either Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your interests and goals;
  • A current official college transcript and transcripts for other colleges attended;
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • In addition, Native American and Alaska Native students in tribal public policy or health care must submit copies of relevant enrollment forms or descent documentation (for more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions). Members of the First Nations of Canada must submit proof of U.S. permanent residency. U.S. permanent residents must submit a copy of their permanent resident ("green") card and a letter of intent to declare U.S. citizenship (First Nations members excepted).

Prepare Your Application.

The Udall Scholarship is a highly competitive award. Please review Advice for the Application, Insight from a Reader, and Frequent Problems with Applications so that you can prepare the best application possible. We also advise that you work closely with your FacRep as you revise your application.



October- Faculty representatives can register students for the online application beginning October 1

March 3, 2015- Deadline to register students for the online application

March 3, 2015- Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. MST (Note: institutional deadlines may be earlier. Please check with your faculty representative.)

May 1- Udall Scholars announced on website

April 15- Deadline for Foundation receipt of Scholar Award Reply form

April 30- Deadline for Foundation receipt of Scholar Travel Reply form

August 5-10, 2014- Udall Scholar Orientation, Tucson, Arizona


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