About the Udall Scholarship
Application Information
USC Application Timeline
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About the Udall Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields; or tribal public policy, or Native American health care. The Foundation will grant 50 awards of up to $7000 for tuition, room and board, and other educational expenses. Scholars also attend a four day orientation in Tucson, Arizona to meet the other scholars, elected officials, and other environmental and tribal leaders. Students who are not selected as scholars can receive honorable mentions and gain access to the alumni network.

For more information, visit the Udall Scholarship website here.


  • Be a full time sophomore or junior level student pursuing a bachelors degree during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Provide documentation required for applicants in tribal public policy and health care, and for U.S. permanent residents.
  • Demonstrate leadership, problem solving skills, ability to build consensus, and commitment to public service.
  • Pursue a career in tribal public policy, Native American health care, or conservation and environmental issue.

USC students who reflect these traits are invited to apply for university nomination.  The University may nominate up to eight (8) candidates total: four (4) candidates for the Environment category, and four (4) candidates for the Tribal Public Policy / Native American Health Care category.

Application Information

The Udall application will consist of:

  • 11 short-answer questions about your career aspirations, personal motivations, academic background, public service, leadership, and commitment to issues about the environment, tribal policy, or Native American health care.
  • 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;
  • Transcripts for all college coursework; and
  • Three letters of recommendation that speak to your leadership, public service and academic achievements.

Review sample application.

USC Application Timeline

September 1 – December 4, 2018: Contact AHF to schedule an initial consultation and receive access to apply through the online application system.

February 8, 2019: USC Campus Deadline for endorsement. Submit all materials on Udall application portal.

February 11-15, 2019: Competitive applicants will be invited to a University Nomination Interview (Skype interviews are available to students living abroad). Endorsement decisions announced.

March 7, 2019: National Udall Scholarship Deadline

April 12, 2019:  Udall Scholars announced

August 6 – 11, 2019: Udall Scholar Orientation in Tucson, Arizona (attendance mandatory)

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