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.

Udall Scholarship: At a Glance


  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents and nationals
  • Second and third-year students

Selection Criteria:

  • Commitment to the environment, tribal policy, or tribal health care
  • Community and public service
  • Leadership potential

Candidates for the Udall Scholarship can affirm the followingstatements:

  • My community service, activities, internships and/or research have supported environmental causes or Native issues.
  • I have inspired and motivated others to take action.
  • I am committed to making a difference through civility, problem solving and consensus building.

Extensive Description

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

UChicago Endorsement Deadline: Wednesday, December 15, 2021


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

UChicago Resources and Support: You are required to attend "Udall Scholarship: Information Session and Essay Writing" on November 1, or watch the recorded session via CCRF Resource Library. Next, develop your essays accordingly and schedule a meeting with Sandra Zupan on November 16 or November 17

Campus Endorsement: The University of Chicago can nominate up to four candidates. To secure UChicago endorsement, please submit all of the following materials here by December 15 at 5:00pm CST. Note that late and/or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. 

  • 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
  • Transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation that speak to your leadership, public service and academic achievements.

UChicago Nominees: Campus endorsement results will be communicated on December 17. The nominees receive substantive essay writing support. They commit to the following steps:

1. STEP ONE: schedule a meeting on December 20 or December 21. You will obtain feedback on your essays. Next, you are expected to revise your essays according to the suggestions. 

2. STEP TWO: schedule a meeting on January 24 or January 25. You will obtain feedback on your essays. Next, you are expected to revise your essays according to the suggestions. 

3. FINAL APPLICATION: due on February 25. Please email Sandra Zupan your highly polished, final application.

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