Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Are you an Alaska Native or Native American dedicated to making a positive impact in Indian country?

Or are you just dedicated to making a positive impact across a spectrum of environmental issues?


Online application availability

Early October; check www.udall.gov for details

Campus deadline

Early February; candidates may not apply directly

National deadline



Applicant education level

Sophomores and juniors

Open to applicants who have

completed an undergraduate degree?


Open to applicants not currently

enrolled in college/university classes?


Open to (non-U.S.) international students?


Age limit

None; non-traditional students are welcome to apply

Are applicants limited to specific fields of study?


Are students required to demonstrate financial need?


Minimum G.P.A.

None; but academic excellence is a must

Average G.P.A. of recipients



UAA Institutional Endorsement

Not Required

Advising Appointment

Schedule an advising appointment with the Udall Scholarship Faculty Representative, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035 to discuss intent to apply


The Udall Scholarship program awards merit-based scholarships to college sophomores and juniors pursuing studies leading to a public service career in tribal health, tribal public policy, or the environment

Special note: A student applying in either the tribal public policy or Native health care category must be an enrolled member or descendant of an enrolled member of a state- or federally-recognized tribe in the US or First Nations of Canada

For more details, visit www.udall.gov


Udall Scholars participate in a five-day orientation in Arizona to learn from and network with experts, peers, and members of the Udall family

The award includes lifetime membership in the Udall alumni community, a vibrant professional organization offering job and internship opportunities

Tuition, fees, room and board, and books and supplies


Up to $7,000

Can the award be deferred?


Can the award be renewed?


Specific notes and/or exceptions

For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit: www.udall.gov


The Udall Scholarships offers the following categories:

  • Tribal policy: For Native Alaskans and Native Americans working on an array of policy issues in Indian country
  • Native health care: For Alaska Natives and Native Americans pursuing health-related careers
  • Environment: For all undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues
  • Native American Congressional Internship: A ten-week summer internship in Washington, DC, for Alaska Natives and Native American students interested in researching legislative issues important to tribal communities


Key characteristics sought by Review Committee:

  • Applicants should be committed to a career related to tribal public policy, to Native health care, or to the environment as demonstrated through peer leadership and consensus building
  • Applicants should be committed to public service, either paid or unpaid
  • Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement such that the Scholar will find success in her/his stated career area
  • Personal characteristics of civility, integrity, and consensus, showing that the applicant embodies the Udall legacy, are required


Applicants should familiarize themselves with the mission of the Udall Foundation and the legacy of Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall so as to be able to organize more competitive applications by visiting www.udall.gov

  • Find a faculty member willing to serve as your mentor throughout the application process
  • Schedule an advising appointment with the Udall Scholarship Faculty Representative, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035 the semester you plan to apply for the award
  • Start completing the online application once the Faculty Representative registers you with the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
    • Special note: Applicants don’t have access to Udall’s online application until the Faculty Representative registers them with the Udall Foundation
  • Start developing short essay on leadership experience, specific activities or experiences important in strengthening your relationship to tribal public policy, native health care, or the environment
  • Start developing short essay on most important public service, community or campus activities associated with your interest in tribal public policy, native health care, or the environment in which you regularly participate
  • Select a significant public speech, legislative act, book, or public statement made by Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and comment on its impact on your field of study, interests, and career goals
  • Select 3 people to write letters of recommendation who can provide concrete evidence of your leadership and service activities, personal characteristics, and can convey the scope of responsibility you have assumed and the impact your actions have had
  • Submit a complete application online by the CAMPUS DEADLINE
  • Udall Scholarship Faculty Representative will review all documents and make the final submission of the application
  • Udall Scholars will be announced in April


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Udall Scholarship Faculty Representative

Dr. Francisco Miranda





Email address



Webinars for candidates are offered in October and February at www.udall.gov

Schedule an advising appointment at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035