Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship

Campus Application Deadline: January 12, 2015

Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship

Udall UT Campus Application Deadline: January 23, 2017
National Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

Campus Application Process:  For the campus application, please complete all of the materials for the national deadline.  You can draft, upload, and save all of your work in the Udall online application.  Additionally, please submit your unofficial transcripts/academic history to Andrew Seidler (Greve Hall 317) by 5.00 pm EST on the campus deadline.

Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation should be submitted along with your campus application.  Please contact your letter writers as soon as possible and ask them to submit by January 13, 2016.  Remember to register their information with the Udall online application; this will initiate an automated email with instructions.

Following the campus deadline, all UT Udall Scholarship candidates will go through a campus review and selection process.  UT is required to nominate a select number of Udall candidates to put forward to the national review committee.  There may be a faculty interview process; details will follow submission of your Udall campus application.

All questions regarding the campus process should be directed to Andrew Seidler.


The Udall Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Morris K. Udall’s thirty-year service record. In 2009, legislation was passed to change the foundation’s name to include the Congressman’s brother, Stewart, former Secretary of the Interior. The Udalls were instrumental in advancing environmental and Native American policy. The Foundation promotes environmental awareness and Native American health and tribal public policy. The Udall Scholarships are given to undergraduates who are committed to careers related to the environment or to Native American and Alaskan Native students committed to careers related to tribal public policy or Native health care.

The Udall Scholarship awards $5,000 for educational expenses, a four-day Scholar Orientation Weekend with all expenses paid, and access to the Udall Alumni listserv. The university nominates up to 6 candidates per year. From this pool of applicants, up to 50 Udall Scholarships are awarded.

The Udall Scholarship application requires:

  • 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
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts and a complete online application
  • A campus nomination

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Udall, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. permanent resident, or a U.S. national.
  • Be a full-time student in your sophomore or junior pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree
  • Have at least a B college average
  • Native health care and public policy applicants must be Native American or Native Alaska

To be competitive for the Udall, candidates must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of a commitment to environmental/natural resource issues, tribal public policy, or Native health care
  • A proposed career likely to lead to a position where the nominee can make significant contributions to the shaping of environmental, tribal, or Native health care issues
  • Leadership and strength of character