Udall Undergraduate Scholarship


The Udall Foundation awards scholarships of up to $7,000 to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. The scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. Scholarships are offered in three categories:

  • Tribal Policy: For Native Americans and Alaska Natives interested in policy issues impacting Indian country
  • Native Health Care: For Native Americans and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers
  • Environment: For all undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues


  • Be committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in tribal-related public policy OR health care. (Note: Only Native Americans and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in public policy or  health care fields. Students pursuing environmentally related careers do not need to be Native American/Alaskan.
  • Be a matriculated sophomore or junior-level student
  • Meet the following requirements:
    • Be pursuing full-time study during the current and following academic years.
    • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.


Scholars are selected on the basis of:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership, character, desire to make a difference, general well-roundedness.


The Udall Scholarships require institutional nomination from BU.  For consideration, we must receive the materials below at bufellow@bu.edu by Friday, January 22, 2021. 12 noon EST.

Review the Udall Advice and Guidance as you compose and organize your materials.

  • A completed Udall application form. This sample form mirrors the online platform where endorsed candidates will enter the information.
  • An essay of no more than 800 words, on a significant public speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by Congressman Morris K. Udall or Secretary of Interior Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your field of study, interests, and career goals.
  • Three letters of reference: these should speak to your leadership, public service, academic and career interests. If you’re applying in the field of tribal policy or Native American health care it’s very helpful to get a letter from someone who can address your commitment to Indian Country. Students and writers will benefit from Udall’s Information for References. Recommenders should email their signed letters on institutional letterhead directly to bufellow@bu.edu by the above deadline.
  • If you are applying in the fields of tribal public policy or Native American health care, you will need to provide a copy of your tribal enrollment card or other tribal verification (see the Udall FAQs for information about documentation).
  • Transcripts: unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate study institutions are acceptable for the initial campus review.