Udall National Scholarship

Udall Scholarships are awarded annually to sophomore and junior students nationwide who are planning careers related to the environment, and to Native American and Alaska Native students who plan careers in health care and tribal public policy.  Students must be nominated by the PitE scholarship committee on behalf of the University of Michigan in January 2014 in order to apply for the Udall Scholarship. Nominated students submit their applications to the Udall Foundation in February 2014. Students need three recommendations and transcripts from all college work.

Choose Your CategoryUdall Scholarships are offered in three categories

Students must apply through one of the following three scholarship categories:

  • Students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields.

  • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities.

  • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities, and other related fields.

Verify Your EligibilityStudents must meet all of the following criteria...

To be considered for the Udall Scholarship, students must meet all of the following five criteria:

  1. Be committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in tribal public policy OR Native American health care. 
    • Only Native Americans and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native American health care.*
    • Native American students studying tribal public policy or native health do not need to demonstrate commitment to the environment.
    • Likewise, students pursuing environmentally related careers do not need to be Native American, nor do they need to demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or Native health.

  2. Be a matriculated sophomore or junior-level student at U-M pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2013-2014 academic year. 
    • "Sophomore" is defined as a student who has completed at least one year of full-time undergraduate study and intends at least two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2014.
    • "Junior" is defined as a student who intends at least one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2014.
    • Students may apply for funding in both their sophomore and junior years; 3rd time applicants will not be eligible.

  3. Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent.

  4. Be pursuing full-time study during the 2013-2014 academic year.

  5. Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.

 Students must also review the Udall Scholarship Award Conditions and Benefits.

*For the purposes of the Scholarship Program, a Native American or Alaska Native is any individual who is:

    • A member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the tribe or band, including any tribe or band terminated since 1940 and any tribe recognized by the state in which the tribe or band resides;
    • A descendant in first or second degree of a member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the tribe or band, who can demonstrate affiliation with the tribal community according to criteria set by the Foundation;
    • Considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose;
    • An Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native;
    • A permanent U.S. resident who is a member of the First Nations of Canada.

Please visit the Udall Foundation Scholarship page to learn more about eligibility.

Start the ApplicationThe campus deadline has been extended to January 20, 2014

Students must be granted access to the Udall Foundation Online Application System by PitE. To request access, please complete this form between October and November, but no later than December 2, 2013. 

  1. Students will be emailed a link to the Udall Foundation Online Application System within 1-3 days. Follow the prompts to verify your profile and gain access to the application. 
  2. Start working on the application as soon as possible. Three letters of recommendation are required, along with all transcripts are required by the deadline. 
  3. The application and supporting materials must be uploaded and letters of recommendation must be received by PitE by January 20th.
  4. Scholarship Committee will review all completed applications and nominate students. 
  5. Nominated students will have until February 24, 2014 to refine their applications. 
  6. PitE will submit final applications to the Udall Foundation by February 26, 2014.
  7. Students chosen to receive the Udall Scholarship will be notified in April. 

*Please visit the Udall eligibility page if you have questions about your eligibility. 

Additional Materials RequiredA closer look at the components of the application

Applicants are responsible for completing these four components of the Udall application:

  1. An 11-question application form  (completed through your online Udall profile) 
  2. 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
  3. A current official college transcript AND transcripts for other colleges attended 
  4. Three academic letters of recommendation from current or former professors. In some cases, letters from previous employers are acceptable. Contact Kimberly Smith if are unsure about eligibility. Interested students should start contacting potential letter writers as soon as possible in order to meet the January 13th campus deadline. Letter writers should address their letters to the Udall Foundation, not PitE.

Please refer to the Udall Foundation's Advice for Applicants page for tips on applying. 

If you have any questions regarding eligibility or application materials, please contact Kimberly Smith (ksmithz@umich.edu).