Morris K. Udall Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomore and junior students for their leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to the environment and Native American nations. The scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, healthcare, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. Recipients in their sophomore year may reapply in their junior year.


  • Institutional endorsement required - applicants are not able to apply directly
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Open to all academic fields
  • Commitment to career related to the environment or Native American tribal policy or healthcare (Native American applicants only for tribal policy and healthcare)
  • Sophomore or Junior class standing

Award Highlights: 

  • Up to $7,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses.
  • Five-day Udall Scholars Orientation in Tucson, Arizona to meet with other Scholars, elected officials, environmental and tribal leaders. All Scholars are required to attend this event. It will be held in Tucson, Arizona. The Foundation will arrange travel from the Scholar’s home or school; lodging and meals are provided.
  • Access to a network of environmental, Native American health and tribal policy professionals through the Udall Alumni listserv.

Application Components: 

  • Biographical information
    • Additional documentation is required for applicants in tribal public policy and health care, and for U.S. permanent resident
  • List of leadership activities and public service experiences
  • Brief responses
    • 11 questions about your career aspirations, personal motivations, academic background, public service, leadership, and commitment to issues about the environment, tribal policy, or Native American health care
  • Essay
    • 800 words of less, discuss a significant public speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by Congressman Morris K. Udall or Secretary of Interior Stewart L. Udall and its impact on applicant’s field of study, interests, and career goals
  • Transcript (s)
  • Letter of recommendation (3) that speak to applicant’s leadership, public service and academic achievements
Award Website

Application Deadline

Not yet released for current year

Contact the Advising Team

Advisor: Jason T. Younker, PhD