Established by Congress in 1992 to honor Morris King Udall’s 30 years of service in the House of Representatives and enhanced in 2009 to honor Stewart L. Udall’s vast public service, the Udall foundation is a federal agency providing programs to promote leadership, education, collaboration, and conflict resolution in the areas of environment, public lands, and natural resources.  The Foundation seeks to strengthen Native nations and to encourage the continued use and appreciation of our nation’s resources.

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Matriculated sophomore or junior at the time of nomination. “Sophomore” is a student who intends at least two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2016. “Junior” is a student who intends at least one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2016. (Students may apply for funding in both their sophomore and junior years ; third-time applicants are not eligible.)
  • GPA of B or above.

  • Committed to a career related to the environment, tribal public policy, or American Indian health care (only American Indian and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native health care). Students studying tribal public policy or Native healthcare do not need to demonstrate commitment to the environment. Likewise, students pursuing environmentally related careers do not need to demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or Native healthcare.

General Information

The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The foundation also seeks future American Indian and Alaska Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.

The scholarship is offered to students pursing environmental careers from disciplines including, but not limited to: anthropology, agriculture, biology and other natural sciences, cultural studies, environmental engineering, geography, health care, health science, history, Indian studies, natural resource manage¬ment, political science, pre-law, public policy, sociology, or tribal policy.

The Udall Foundation will award approximately 50 scholarships and 50 honorable mentions to individuals. In awarding the scholarships, consider-ation will be given to the student’s field of study, career objectives, and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a contribution to his or her field. The candidate’s plan of study should include coursework in ethics and public policy and/or public or community service experience in the area of the candidate’s career field.

Each scholarship covers up to $5,000 for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support per application year.

Application Instructions

UM students seeking nomination for the Udall Scholarship must apply by the campus deadline: January 29, 2017. Below you will find detailed instructions on how to apply. The University of Miami may nominate no more than 6 students to compete nationally for the scholarship. A selection will be held to identify the nominees whose applications are most likely to succeed in the national competition.

For access to the on-line application, you must e-mail the following information to April Dobbins at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) in order to be registered in the Udall application system:

  • Full legal name
  • Permanent address (established by at least two of the following: home address for school registration; place of registration to vote; family’s primary residence.)
  • Address where you prefer to receive mail in April
  • Best telephone
  • Best e-mail address
  • Udall Scholarship field of study (Environment, Health Care, or Tribal Policy)
  • Nationality (US Citizen, US National, Permanent Resident)
  • Grade level (sophomore or junior)
  • Expected graduation date

Application Timeline

October 2016 
Application material available online.

January 29, 2017 
All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships for review and possible endorsement.

Early March 2017 
UM nominees must submit complete application online to the Udall Foundation.

May 1, 2017 
Recipients announced.