Udall Scholarship

The Udall Scholarship was authorized by the US Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Morris King Udall and his legacy of public service. The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards eighty scholarships of up to $5,000 and fifty honorable mentions of $350 to sophomores and juniors committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, and future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in Native American health care and tribal public policy. Each scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $5,000. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support. Scholars selected during their sophomore year may be re-nominated during their junior year.


  • Applicants must be US citizens, US nationals, or resident aliens.
  • Applicants must be sophomores or juniors.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of at least a "B" or the equivalent.
  • Applicants must intend to pursue a career in environmental public policy OR be a Native American or Alaska Native student interested in a career related to health care and tribal public policy.


Students apply through the Office of Distinguished Fellowships. The application includes:

  • Completed, signed Udall Scholarship Application
  • 800-word essay
  • Official college transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

Scholars are selected based upon the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to environmental or natural resource issues; OR demonstrated commitment to tribal public policy; OR demonstrated commitment to Native American health care. Commitment is demonstrated through substantial contributions to and participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, research, tribal involvement, community or public service.
  2. Course of study and proposed career likely to lead to position where nominee can make significant contributions to the shaping of either environmental, or tribal public policy, or Native American health care issues, whether through scientific advances, public or political service, or community action.
  3. Leadership, character, desire to make a difference, general well-roundedness.


The Office of Distinguished Fellowships can nominate up to six candidates, three interested in careers in environmental public policy and three interested in careers in tribal public policy and health care. Applications are due to Udall in early March 2019 on a TBD date. Scholarship recipients are announced in early April.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey