Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Supports second- and third-year students for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to the environment or Native American nations.

What is Udall Scholarship? The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. The Udall scholarships provides up to $7,000 for academic expenses, access to the Udall Alumni Network and a five-day Scholar Orientation in Tuscon, Arizona. 

The scholarship is awarded in these categories: Environment - for all undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues; Tribal Policy - for Native Americans and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country; Native Health Care - for Native Americans and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers.

Who Should Apply? If you answer “yes” to the following questions, the Udall Scholarship may be right for you: 

  • Are you working towards positive solutions to environmental challenges or to issues impacting Indian country?
  • Have you demonstrated your commitment to one of these areas through public service?
  • Do you inspire and motivate others to take action?
  • Are you committed to making a difference through civility and consensus building?

Deadline Information

Campus Application Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2020

National Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020


Udall Scholars must attend the Scholar Orientation, a five-day conference held each August in Tucson, Arizona. Scholars work together on a case study, learn new ways to collaborate, and build community with each other, Udall Alumni, and professionals working on environmental and tribal issues. 

Scholars will receive a travel scholarship for costs associated with travel to and from Tucson for the Scholar Orientation. Lodging and meals during Orientation will be provided by the Udall Foundation.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Second and third-year undergraduate students
  • US citizens, permanent residents or nationals

Application Process

In order to be nominated by the University, students must submit their Udall Scholarship Application by 11:59 PM on January 10, 2020. This includes fully developed sample application with essays, three letters of recommendation, CV and unofficial transcript. Udall candidates will undergo a campus selection process. The University of Chicago can nominate up to four candidates.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Sandra Zupan