Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
Udall Scholarship: At a Glance
- U.S. citizens, permanent residents and nationals
- Second and third-year students
- 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?
UChicago Endorsement Deadline: Monday, December 14, 2020
Final Deadline for UChicago Nominees: Friday, February 26, 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.
- Second and third-year undergraduate students
- US citizens, permanent residents or nationals
UChicago Resources and Support: You are required to attend "Udall Scholarship: Information Session and Essay Writing" on November 3, or watch the recorded session via CCRF Resource Library. Next, develop your essays accordingly and schedule a meeting with Sandra Zupan on November 23 or November 24.
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 14 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
- Three letters of recommendation that speak to your leadership, public service and academic achievements.
UChicago Nominees: Campus endorsement results will be communicated after December 18. The nominees receive substantive essay writing supoort. They commit to the following steps:
1. STEP ONE: schedule a meeting on December 22 or December 23. 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 19 or January 20. You will obtain feedback on your essays. Next, you are expected to revise your essays according to the suggestions.
3. STEP THREE: schedule a meeting on February 8 or February 9. You will obtain feedback on your essays Next, you are expected to revise your essays according to the suggestions.
4. FINAL APPLICATION: due on February 26. Please email Sandra Zupan your highly polished, final application.