OURS National Scholarships

Udall Scholarship

Next campus deadline: February 2025

Campus Application Instructions (coming Fall 2024)
Letter of Recommendation Submission Link (coming Fall 2024)

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The Udall Scholarship honors the legacies of Morris and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. The scholarship provides $7,000 for educational expenses to 55 outstanding sophomores and juniors who fall into either one of the two following categories:

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


Prospective applicants must make an individual advising appointment with Alicia Hayes, the Udall Scholarship’s campus representative.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or resident alien
  • be a full-time sophomore or junior*
  • be either: 1) a student studying the environment or related fields, or 2) a Native American or Alaska Native in a field related to health care or tribal public policy
    have had some coursework in ethics and public policy and/or public or community service experience in their chosen career fields.


* A “sophomore” has two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning the fall after applying; a “junior” has one more year of study beginning the fall after applying. Scholars selected as sophomores may reapply the following year;  juniors may not.

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

  • Online application*
  • Essay (800 words) related to the Udall Foundation’s core values
  • Transcripts for all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation

*Note: The current year’s application becomes available in late October, but interested students can use the sample application available on the Udall website as a draft.

For more information about this opportunity, visit the Udall Foundation website (opens external site).