Udall: UNC Endorsement Application


Three separate forms must be submitted prior to the endorsement deadline in order to complete your application. These include:

  • Personal Information form
  • Udall Scholarship Online Application
  • Submit Recommenders form

We have separated the forms so that you may complete the steps at different times. The Personal Information and Recommenders forms cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting.

Personal Information Form

This form allows you to provide information about you, your education, and your future plans to ODS and the Udall Selection Committee.


You will be asked to upload a high-resolution head shot photograph (.jpg or .jpeg file) for promotional purposes. It does not need to be professionally taken.

University Transcripts

Upload a copy of your current unofficial UNC transcript. Click here for information on how to obtain your transcript online. If you have taken higher education courses that are not reflected on your transcript, provide those transcripts as well.

You must complete this form to gain access to the Udall Scholarship Online Application. Be sure you complete this step well before the endorsement deadline so that you have time to complete the full online application.


Online Application

ODS will create an application for you on Udall’s website within 2-3 business days of receiving your Personal Information form. Once you have been registered, you will receive an email with instruction to log in. Complete all parts of the Udall application including your activities, career aspirations, and essay (sample application here). Once you have completed your application, you can click the Submit button to have your materials sent to ODS.

Your Aspirations

In this section, you will give the big picture to show the general direction your career will take, then give a “roadmap” for reaching that goal. The awards, programs, and activities you list in other sections should support this trajectory.

Your Schooling

In this section, you will provide more information about your GPA, academic history, and plans for graduate school, if applicable. You will also list up to 6 awards, honors, or scholarships you have received in the past four years.

Your Programs and Activities

You will be asked to list your activities in the following categories:
  • College (up to 11) and high school (up to 4) activities
  • Internships, assistantships, and jobs (up to 6)
  • Public service and community activities (up to 6)

You will also give short answers related to:

  • Your non-course-related research experience
  • A leadership experience in which you made a difference on campus or in the community
  • An activity/experience that has been important in clarifying/strengthening your commitment to your field
  • Your public service, community, or campus activities associated with your field
  • Additional information you wish to share


In 800 words or less, discuss 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.

Use this essay as an opportunity to engage with the text, not simply summarize it, to demonstrate that you are knowledgeable about issues related to your career goals and the Udalls’ legacy. Click here to find more advice for the Udall application.

Letters of Recommendation

Request 3 letters of recommendation directly from faculty using the form linked below. We encourage you contact your recommenders at least one month prior to the endorsement deadline and to share your personal statement, resume, and future goals with all recommenders.

When you complete the following form, your recommenders will receive an email with instructions to upload their letters as PDFs. You should ask potential recommenders personally before completing this form.

Letters should be from individuals who can speak in detail about your participation in environmental or tribal activities, leadership roles, and coursework or research related to your career goals.

Recommendations should be signed, on letterhead, and addressed to The Udall Scholarship Selection Committee. Letters should be about one page. Please read this letter of guidance and share it with individuals you ask to write a letter of recommendation. Contact ODS if you need advice on choosing and contacting a recommender.

Recommenders who have questions should contact ODS directly.

Submit Recommenders Form


After you apply

After reviewing the applications for endorsement, the UNC Udall Scholarship Selection Committee will select up to eight competitive applicants for endorsement by early February. Endorsed applicants will be able to to make revisions and update application materials with assistance from the Selection Committee Chair and ODS.

Endorsed applicants must submit their final application materials online to the Udall Foundation before the final deadline. ODS will upload transcripts and recommendation letters and approve online applications once they have been submitted. Applicants will be notified in April if they have been selected as a Scholar or Honorable Mention.