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, permanentresidents 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.

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