Udall Scholarship

The Udall Scholarship is a merit award from the Udall Foundation that provides leadership, public service, internship, and networking opportunities, in addition to up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses, to 60 second and third year students with leadership and public service who have demonstrated a commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to two groups of students:

  • Those engaged in environmental issues through perspectives of (but not limited to) policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics
  • Those with American Indian or Alaska Natives backgrounds who engaged in tribal policy or Native health care

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.

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You must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply for the Udall Scholarship:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or a U.S. resident.
  • Be a second or third year student during the 2017-18 academic year and plan to complete full-time study during the 2018-19 academic year. There is no age limit.
  • Be interested in environmental issues, or be American Indian or Alaska Native and interested in tribal public policy or Native health care.
  • GPA: There is no GPA requirement.
  • Receive UNC’s endorsement through the Office of Distinguished Scholarships.


Deadline to Apply for UNC Endorsement

Faculty email nomination deadline: Thursday, November 8, 2018 (11:59 pm ET)

Monday, January 28, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

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Recent Udall Scholarship Recipients and Honorable Mentions

Joseph Locklear ’17 (Scholarship, 2014-15; Honorable Mention, 2015-16)

Chelsea Barnes ’15 (Honorable Mention, 2013-14)

Sangeetha Kumar ’15 (Honorable Mention, 2013-14)