Internal deadline:  February 6, 2015
National deadline:  March 4, 2015, 11:59 p.m. MST

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.

The Udall Scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on American Indian self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.

Eligibility requirements: 
•    Sophomore or junior
•    Committed to career related to environment (Native Americans/Alaskan Natives committed to career in tribal public policy or Native American health care)
•    “B” average
•    Full-time student during year following application
•    U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident
•    Recipients may reapply.      

Award summary and conditions: 

  • $5,000 dollars for tuition, room and board or other educational expenses
  • All expense paid four-day Udall Scholar Orientation in Tucson
  • Access to Udall Alumni listserv of environmental and tribal professionals
  • To receive payments, a Udall Scholar must submit:
    • An acceptance of the scholarship;
    • An agreement to attend the Scholar Orientation in Tucson, Arizona
    • A statement of eligible expenses, certified by a financial officer of the college or university;
    • A completed Direct Deposit/EFT Enrollment form.

The Foundation may withhold or terminate a scholarship due to unsatisfactory academic performance, withdrawal from full-time academic enrollment, or failure to comply with any of the above conditions.

50 Scholarships will be awarded and 50 Honorable Mentions. Honorable Mentions are eligible to sign up for the scholar listserv and have access to the alumni network.
Application process: Each university may nominate up to six candidates for the Udall Scholarship. The Udall FacRep oversees the selection of the institution's nominees, registers nominees for the online application, helps nominees prepare for the competition, and electronically submits the application materials to the Foundation.

The Udall Scholarship online application will be available October 1, 2014. A sample application is available for reference only. To access the online application, your FacRep must register you as a potential nominee. All 2014 applicants must use the online application; the Foundation will not accept paper applications.

All materials for the application must be uploaded electronically into the online application. The application consists of:
•    An institutional nomination form from your faculty representative;
•    An 11-question application form;
•    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;
•    A current official college transcript, list of courses you in which you are currently enrolled, and transcripts for other colleges attended;
•    Three letters of recommendation.

Faculty Representative:  Keith Raether           

Internal nomination:  Yes. Whitman may submit up to six nominees

Selection process: In selecting Udall Scholars, the goals of the Udall Foundation are to:
•    Conduct a fair and independent selection process;
•    Recognize excellence while maintaining regional representation;
•    Reward initiative, perseverance, leadership, and problem-solving;
•    Have a scholar class that is diverse, dynamic, and the next generation of environmental and tribal leaders.

All complete and eligible applications are read by region, based on the nominee's "State of Legal Residence." In general, larger states with a greater number of applicants will be read as one region, and smaller states with a fewer number of applicants will be grouped with other smaller states into one region. Multiple-state regions are determined by geographical proximity, geographic or environmental similarity, and number of applications.

Some regions allow readers to designate one or more outstanding nominees "At-Large". After all the regions have been read, approximately ten Scholars will be selected from the At Large pool. The remaining At Large will receive Honorable Mentions. Guidelines for the number of Scholars, At-Large, and Honorable Mentions per region are based on the number of applications received.

Scholars are selected on the basis of:
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.

*Nominees in the categories of tribal public policy OR Native American health care must be Native American or Alaska Native.

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.

Announcement date:  April 1, 2015

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