Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Website: Udall Foundation


In 2018, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 each to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal policy, or Native American health care. Must be nominated by the UW. 

Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:

  • To students who are interested in conservation, environmental stewardship or environmental policy, have demonstrated commitment to the environment through participation in campus activities or service to community, and are working toward a career that will enable them to address environmental issues on a local, national or global scale;


  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to Native American communities through participation in cultural activities and service to community, and are working toward a career that will enable them to make a difference for their tribe or for Native Americans and Alaska Natives;


  • To Native American and Alaska Native students interested in improving health care practice and delivery for Native American communities or contributing to health care policy and research, have demonstrated commitment to Native American communities through participation in cultural activities and service to community, and are working toward a career that will enable them to impact health care for their tribe or for Native Americans and Alaska Natives.



Udall Scholars come from all majors and fields of study. Recent Udall Scholars have majored in environmental sciences and policy studies, agriculture, political science, natural resource management, sociology, anthropology, American Indian studies, tribal public policy, history, English, theater, landscape architecture, and public health, to name just a few areas.

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?

Click on the category that best fits your interests and goals to find out more.

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
Environment :For undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues

To be considered for nomination as a Udall Scholar, a student must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Be a matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education at the time of nomination. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning the next academic year. Students in two-year colleges who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program at another institution may be nominated. "Junior" is defined as a student who plans one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning the next academic year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.
  • In the case of scholarships in the areas of tribal policy and health care, nominees must be Native American or Alaska Native. For the purposes of the Udall Scholarship Program, a Native American or Alaska Native is any individual who is: (1) An enrolled member of a state or federally recognized Indian tribe or band, including any tribe or band terminated since 1940; (2) A descendant in first or second degree of an enrolled member of a state or federally recognized Indian tribe or band, who can demonstrate affiliation with the tribal community, according to criteria set by the Udall Foundation; (3) Considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose; (4) An Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native; (5) A permanent U.S. resident who is a member of the First Nations of Canada. Applicants must submit copies of relevant enrollment forms, cards, and/or descent documentation such as a Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaska Native Blood. Descendants of enrolled tribal members must provide proof of their parent's or grandparent's enrollment and birth certificates that demonstrate the applicant's relationship to the enrolled tribal member. Applicants who are members of the First Nations of Canada must submit proof of U.S. permanent residency.
  • A college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent is recommended. This is only one of several qualifiers and applicants will also be judged on the basis of other experience.
Student Type
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type
  • Us Citizen
  • Permanent Resident

All candidates must be nominated by their college or university. The Foundation will not solicit or accept applications directly from candidates. The University of Washington has an autumn campus application process to identify its nominees. Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate up to 4 students in each category, for a total of 8 students per institution.


To be considered for nomination, please complete the online scholarship application form at

Applicants will be asked to include the following information as a part of the UW campus nomination application process and upload them into the online application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Activities Resume -- Please include work and activities that span high school into college with particular attention to environmental/conservation activities or engagement with tribal communities, as applicable. This could include: a) awards, scholarships, publications and/or special recognitions received; b) student government, sports, publications, research, school-sponsored community service programs, student-faculty committees, arts, music, etc; c) public service and community activities, i.e. advocacy activities, work with religious organizations, environmental conservation; d) employment; and e) government activities i.e. internships, partisan political activities, ROTC/military, municipal boards & commissions; and f) travel, presentations, hobbies, etc. This is not an exhaustive list, but just some suggestions for items to include. Ultimately you want the CV you submit to represent all of the works/efforts/engagements you've spent significant time on.
  2. Transcript -- an unofficial copy of your UW transcripts will automatically be included in your application. If you have transcripts from other colleges or universities to include, you are welcome to.
  3. Recommenders -- a list of three to five current or recent faculty members, advisers, mentors, or others who would write letters of recommendation discussing your potential in the your field of study; intellectual abilities; and/or can attest to your capabilities and commitment to conservation/environmental issues, Native American tribal policy or health care issues. Please note, you do not need to submit letters for the campus application, just the names of 3-5 people who would be able to write for you if nominated.
  4. Short essays: The online application form will request responses to these questions:
    1. What are your professional aspirations? What issues or problems do you hope to address? Indicate in which area(s) of the environment, or tribal public policy, or Native American health care you are considering making your career. How will your academic program and your overall educational plans assist you in achieving your goals? (max 2000 characters)
    2. Describe a leadership experience in which you made a difference on campus or in your community. (max 2000 characters)
    3. Describe a specific activity or experience that has been important in clarifying or strengthening your commitment to the environment, or tribal public policy, or Native American health care. (1000 characters)
    4. Describe your most significant public service, community, or campus activities associated with your interests in the environment, or tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Explain the duration, degree, and significance of your involvement. (max 2000 characters)
    5. Describe any non-course-related research experience, if applicable. Indicate which areas of the environment, or tribal public policy, or health care your research affects, and the ways in which the experience will assist you in achieving your goals as stated earlier. (max 1500 characters)
    6. Udall Essay Outline: Outline the essay you would write to discuss a significant public speech, legislative act, or public policy statement by Congressman Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your field of study, interests, and career goals. If selected as a UW nominee, you will develop this outline into an essay of 800 words or less. For this campus application, an outline is sufficient. Information about Udall speeches, legislation and policy statements can be found at (max 500 words)



Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992, the Morris K. Udall Foundation honors Congressman Morris King Udall's thirty-year legacy of public service. As set forth in the founding legislation, the purposes of the Foundation are to:

  • Increase the awareness of the importance of, and promote the benefit and enjoyment of, the nation's natural resources;
  • Foster a greater recognition and understanding of the role of the environment, public lands and resources in the development of the United States;
  • Identify critical environmental issues;
  • Develop resources to train professionals properly in environmental and related fields;
  • Provide educational outreach regarding environmental policy;
  • Develop resources to train Native American and Alaska Native professionals in health care and public policy;
  • Through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, provide assessment, mediation, and other related services to resolve environmental disputes involving federal agencies.
Contact Information

UW Seattle applicants:

Emily Smith

Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
171 Mary Gates Hall
Box 352803 Seattle, WA 98195-2805
Phone: 206-543-4170

UW Tacoma applicants:

Cindy Schaarschmidt

Director, Student Fellowships & Awards

Division of Student and Enrollment Services

Campus Mailbox 358403

1900 Commerce Street

Tacoma, Washington 98402-3100

(PH) 253-692-4358; (FX) 253-692-4788; MAT 210

UW Bothell applicants:

Student Success Center