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. You should refer to the Udall web site for information about eligibility, appropriate fields of study, etc. You will need three recommendations and transcripts from all college work.
In order to be considered for the Udall Scholarships, each student must be nominated by the PitE scholarship committee (on behalf of the University of Michigan). The Udall application must be submitted electronically to PitE via the Udall Scholarship Website by mid-January 2013. Once nominated, students will have the opportunity to polish their applications before submitting them electronically via the Udall Foundation website in late February 2013.
Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:
- To 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; or
- To 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; or
- To 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.
To be considered for the Udall Scholarship, students must meet all of the following 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 a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education, pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree during the 2011-2012 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 2012.
- "Junior" is defined as a student who intends at least one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2012.
- Students may apply for funding in both their sophomore and junior years; 3rd time applicants, however, will not be eligible.
3). Meet the following requirements:
- Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent.
- Be pursuing full-time study during the 2012-2013 academic year.
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.
See the Udall Foundation Scholarship page to learn more about eligibility.
Students submit Udall Scholarship Applications through the Foundation's website, after the nominating institution has verified student eligibility and granted them access to the online application. To get started, please email the following information to Kimberly Smith after October 1, 2012:
- First and Last Name
- Permanent Residence (Permanent residence is established by at least two of the following: home address for school registration; place of registration to vote; family's primary residence.)
- Preferred Mailing Address (Scholars will be notified by mail in March 2013. Notifications will be mailed to U.S. and U.S. territory addresses only. Notification to scholars studying abroad in spring 2013 will be sent to student's permanent address).
- Phone Number
- Email address that you check regularly
- *Field of Study (Choose one): Environment, Health Care or Tribal Public Policy
- Nationality (Choose one): U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, Permanent Resident
- *Grade Level (Choose one): Junior or Sophomore
*Please visit the Udall eligibility page if you have questions about your eligibility.
Requests received after December 3 will not be eligible for nomination.
After verifying eligibility, the student will receive an email with log-in information to the Udall Scholarship application. Students must confirm both the eligibility and profile sections of the application (using application navigation check-list on the right) before continuing the rest of the application.
Please refer to the Udall Scholarship page for a list of required material for the application: http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/GuidanceToApplicants.aspx
If you have any questions, please email Kimberly Smith.