Description

The Udall scholarship provides $7,000 for educational expenses to outstanding sophomores and juniors who fall into either one of the two following categories:

  1. students who study the environment and related fields; OR
  2. Native Americans or Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal public policy.

The scholarship was created in 1992 to honor Congressmen Morris K. Udall of Arizona. For three decades, Congressman Udall fought to preserve and protect the nation’s environment, public lands, and natural resources. He also championed the tribal self-governing rights of Native American and Alaska Natives.

Eligibility requirements

  • Full-time sophomore or junior
  • Either 1) student studying the environment or related fields, OR 2) Native American or Alaska Native in fields related to health care or tribal public policy
  • U.S. citizen or resident alien
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Selection criteria

The Udall Foundation is looking for outstanding students who demonstrate, through their areas of study and public or community service activities, a commitment to and potential for making significant contributions to their fields. Applicants should have some coursework in ethics and public policy and/or public or community service experience in their chosen career fields.

Udall applicants interested in environmental issues have majored in a broad range of disciplines, including environmental engineering, agriculture, natural sciences, natural resource management, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, history, public policy, and pre-law. Likewise, Native American and Alaska Native scholars have had backgrounds in American Indian studies, political science, sociology, geography, anthropology, tribal policy, economic development, government, health care, health sciences, and health policy.

Application requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  •  The completed application form.
  •  A current resume.
  •  An unofficial copy of your UCLA transcript (if you are a transfer student, please submit an unofficial transcript from your transfer institution).
  •  One letter of recommendation (three will be required if you are selected as the UCLA nominee for the Udall Scholarship)
  •  A brief policy statement (see campus application instructions for details. If you are nominated by UCLA, you will be asked to write an essay discussing a significant public speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by Congressman Morris K. Udall or Secretary of Interior Stewart L. Udall. You are NOT required to write the essay at this point.

The current year’s application becomes available in late-October. However, interested students should use the sample application available at the Udall website

UCLA Udall applicants are encouraged to make an individual advising appointment at the Scholarship Resource Center. Please call 310-206-2875 or stop by 233 Covel Commons between 11-6pm.