Morris K. Udall Scholarships

The Morris K. Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide range of environmental fields.  Scholarships are offered to sophomore and junior college students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment, or Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or Native health care.  Sixty scholarships of up to $7,000 and fifty honorable mentions are awarded annually.  In addition to the monetary award, scholars attend a four-day Scholar Orientation in Tucson, AZ. 


  • U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Sophomores or juniors
  • Pursuing full-time study during the academic year

Application Process

Interested juniors and sophomores must apply for University endorsement by noon on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The Internal Endorsement Committee will review these applications and will endorse up to four students. Endorsed students will then work closely with the Office of Fellowships & Awards on their final applications.

To learn more about applying for the Udall, send an email to Laura Perille expressing your intent to apply for internal endorsement or your desire to receive more information about the application process.

Application for Nomination Components

  • 11 question application form
  • 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 (may be unofficial) for all college coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation that speak to your leadership, public service and academic achievements. These letters should be emailed by your recommenders to by the January 23rd deadline.


University Endorsement Deadline: 12 p.m. noon on Thursday, January 23, 2020

External Fellowship Deadline: March 5, 2020

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