Udall Scholarship

Deadline: Noon, February 10, 2022

The Udall Scholarship provides $7,000 for educational expenses to outstanding sophomores and juniors who fall into either one of the two following categories:

  1. Students who study the environment and related fields; OR
  2. Native Americans or Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal public policy.

The scholarship was created in 1992 to honor Congressmen Morris K. Udall of Arizona. For three decades, Congressman Udall fought to preserve and protect the nation's environment, public lands, and natural resources. He also championed the tribal self-governing rights of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time sophomore or junior
    • "Sophomores" plan two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning the fall after the application is made;
    • "Juniors" plan one more year of study beginning the fall after the application is made.
    • Scholars selected during their sophomore year may reapply during the following year; juniors may not.
  • Either 1) student studying the environment or related fields, OR 2) Native American or Alaska Native in fields related to health care or tribal public policy
  • U.S. citizen or resident alien

Selection Criteria

The Udall Foundation is looking for outstanding students who demonstrate, through their areas of study and public or community service activities, a commitment to and potential for making significant contributions to their fields. Applicants should have some coursework in ethics and public policy and/or public or community service experience in their chosen career fields.

Udall applicants interested in environmental issues have majored in a broad range of disciplines, including environmental engineering, agriculture, natural sciences, natural resource management, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, history, public policy, and pre-law. Likewise, Native American and Alaska Native scholars have had backgrounds in American Indian studies, political science, sociology, geography, anthropology, tribal policy, economic development, government, health care, health sciences, and health policy.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

A completed on-line application consisting of:

•  An institutional nomination from your faculty representative;
• An 11-question application
• 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 goal
• A current college transcript and transcripts for other colleges attended;
• Three letters of recommendation (ensure that your letters arrive by the deadline; check in with your recommenders a week or two prior to the deadline)

The UC Berkeley selection committee will select the university's nominee based on the above application materials and criteria.

The current year's application becomes available in late-October. However, interested students should use the sample application available at the Udall website.

UC Berkeley Udall applicants should make an individual advising appointment with Alicia Hayes, Udall scholarship campus representative. 

More information about this opportunity can be found here: Udall Foundation website.