Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Scholarship

Fellowship Information

NC State Endorsement Required:


Established by Congress in 1992 to honor Morris K. Udall’s 30 years of service in the House of Representatives and enhanced by Congressional action in 2009 to honor Stewart L. Udall’s vast public service, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation is dedicated to educating a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs focused on environmental and Native America issues. The Udall Foundation is also committed to promoting the principles and practices of environmental conflict resolution.

Who Should Apply:

US citizen, national, or permanent resident. No minimum GPA. College sophomores or juniors are eligible to apply. There are two tracks of applicants: 1. Students committed to environmental issues, and 2. Students with Native American or Alaska Native ancestry who are committed to issues related to those communities, including tribal public policy and healthcare. 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. Relevant volunteer work and activism are valued. The quality of the essay and short answers are crucial.

Fellowship Benefits:

Up to $7,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses and Udall Scholars Orientation in Tucson, Arizona to meet with other Scholars, elected officials, environmental and tribal leaders. 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. Honorable Mentions have the opportunity to join the alumni listserv.

Program Duration:

One year.

Number & Amount Available:

60 awards. Up to $7,000 for tuition/fees and living expenses, plus a funded leadership conference and access to an alumni network.

Citizenship Requirements:
U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.
STEM Fields Only:

Applicant Information

Required GPA:
Academic Level:

Documents, Deadlines, and Submission Instructions

NC State Campus Deadline:

December 11, 2017 by 5PM ET (required draft deadline) (except 800-word essay and letters of recommendation)

January 30, 2017 by 5PM ET (final endorsement deadline) (all materials and letters)

Applicants: If you are considering applying for this award, you should email FAO staff and share your interest. You should also meet with FAO staff at least once early in the campus, or endorsement, application process. A strong endorsement application typically requires multiple drafts over a period of several weeks or months, and it should be treated as your final application. We therefore recommend that you meet with us as early as possible so that we can get to know you and give you feedback on your campus application.

In order to submit an endorsement application, you must submit your materials by the campus application deadline posted with our online submission form (click for the link). Please be sure to look at the online submission form before you are ready to submit to make sure everything is formatted correctly. Letters of recommendation are also due by that deadline, but should be submitted by the recommendation writer as noted below.

Download the endorsement application document that should be completed for the campus deadline as either an MS Word file or as a PDF file.

Download application instructions for the campus deadline as a PDF file (revised).

Letters of Recommendation: It is a good idea to share with your recommenders a draft of your application. Please be sure to read, and then share with each recommender, the guidance from FAO that provides instructions for what to include in the letter. This letter is posted below.

You should not have access to your letters of recommendation. Your recommenders will need to submit their letters of recommendation with a different online submission form (click for the link). If they need to submit with a different method or have any difficulty, they should contact FAO staff.

Download letter of recommendation guidance here as a PDF file. Additional guidance from the Udall Foundation can be found by clicking here.

National Deadline for Campus Representatives:

Early March 2018

Additional Information