Udall Undergraduate Scholarship




Award for sophomores or juniors who aspire to environmental careers or for Native American students interested in health care or tribal policy.


The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on American Indian self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. The Udall Scholarship is available to undergraduate students interested in conservation and environmental issues and for American Indians and Alaska Natives working on policy issues in Indian country or pursuing health care careers.  The scholarship provides:

  • Access to the Udall Alumni Network: an association of environmental and tribal leaders and public servants sharing innovative ideas, professional advice, and job and internship opportunities.
  • Four days in Tucson, Arizona, at Scholar Orientation: extending your professional network, meeting other scholars and alumni, and learning new skills.
  • Up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses.

Interested applicants must work with LWFONSA and be nominated by ASU.  The campus deadline is the first week of February.

Eligibility criteria

This award is open to sophomores or juniors (by time to graduation) who are US citizens, permanent residents or nationals.  Arizona State University may nominate up to six students for this award.

Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:

  1. For undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues;
  2. For American Indian and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers; or
  3. For American Indians and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country

Award requirements

Udall Scholars must attend a four-day 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.

Selection criteria

Udall Scholars are selected on the basis of...

  • Commitment to a career related to the environment, or to tribal public policy, or to American Indian health care;
  • Leadership, public service, consensus building, and integrity;
  • Academic achievement; and
  • An understanding of the Udall legacy, demonstrated through the application essay.

Application process

The Udall application will consist of:

  • An 11-question application;
  • 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;
  • Transcripts for all college coursework; and
  • Three letters of recommendation that speak to your leadership, public service and academic achievements.

sample application is available. Additional documentation is required for applicants in tribal public policy and health care, and for U.S. permanent residents.

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  • General Academic Funding
  • Professional Development
  • Summer Opportunities


  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Health and Medicine
  • Public Policy
  • Public Service

Eligible applicants

  • Second-year Undergrads
  • Third-year Undergrads


  • Historically Excluded/Underrepresented

Citizenship status

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident

ASU Nomination required

  • Yes

For more information

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship