Morris K. Udall Scholarship Program


To honor former Arizona Congressman Morris K. Udall and Secretary of Interior Stewart L. Udall through the operation of internship, scholarship, and fellowship programs, financed by a permanent trust fund endowment, to develop increased opportunities for young Americans to prepare for and pursue careers related to the environment and to American Indians and Alaska Natives who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy. Assistance is intended for the use of scholars only.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation, Scholarship and Fellowship Foundations
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992, Public Law 102-259, 20 U.S.C. 5601-5609, Statute 106,78
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must be: (1) College sophomores or juniors in the current academic year having outstanding potential and intending to pursue careers in the environment; or (2) American Indian and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year and have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in health care or tribal public policy. Students must be nominated by accredited colleges or universities recognized by the Department of Education.
Beneficiary Eligibility
To be eligible, students must meet all of the following criteria: Be committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in tribal public policy OR Native American health care. Be a sophomore or junior-level student, enrolled full-time at a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education in the United States, pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who has completed at least one year of full-time undergraduate study and intends at least two more years of full-time undergraduate study at the time of application. "Junior" is defined as a student who intends at least one more year of full-time undergraduate study at the time of application. Meet the following requirements: o Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent. o Be pursuing full-time study during academic year following the award. o Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.
Applicants must be nominated by their university via an online application. Current transcripts and transfer transcripts are required. Applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation. American Indians and Alaska Native students in tribal public policy or health care must submit copies of relevant enrollment forms or descent documentation (for more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions). Members of the First Nations of Canada must submit proof of U.S. permanent residency. U.S. permanent residents must submit a copy of their permanent resident ("green") card and a letter of intent to declare U.S. citizenship (First Nations are excepted).
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Each September the chief executive officers of accredited U.S. colleges and universities are invited to appoint a Udall Scholarship faculty representative to manage the selection and nomination of up to six students for the upcoming year's Udall Scholarships. The faculty representative of an institution is the key person in the Udall Scholarship selection process and serves as liaison between his/her institution and the Foundation. The faculty representative is responsible for publicizing the Udall Scholarships on campus, soliciting recommendations of students with significant commitment to the environment and outstanding Native American and Alaska Native students that demonstrate a commitment to pursue a career related to health care or tribal public policy from members of the faculty; establishing the process to select the best qualified candidates to be nominated; helping nominees prepare for the competition; and ensuring that the institutions nominations are complete and are forwarded to the Udall Scholarship Review Committee by the stated deadline.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. To access the online application, the faculty representative must register applicants as potential nominees. All applicants must use the online application; the Foundation will not accept paper applications. The application consists of: o An 11-question application form that affirms the nominee's wish to be considered for the scholarship; provides biographical information about the nominee's background, interests and plans, and provides a statement about the nominee's intent to enter an eligible career and specifies how the student's educational plans will provide preparation for that career; o 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 the applicant's interests and goals; o A current official college transcript and transcripts for other colleges attended; o Three letters of recommendation.
Award Procedure
The Udall Foundation will select individuals from the academic and professional community to serve as the Udall Review Committee. Udall Foundation staff will verify the applications for completeness and eligibility. The Review Committee meets at a designated location for one weekend to review and select 50 scholars and 50 honorable mention recipients. Students will be evaluated on the basis of: (a) Outstanding leadership capabilities and public service, (b) academic excellence, (c) the appropriateness of student's plan of study to prepare for a career in the environment, health care, or tribal public policy, and (d) dedication to the values exemplified by Morris Udall and Stewart Udall during their careers, i.e., civility, integrity, and consensus. The Review Committee has sole discretion in the selection of the 50 scholars.
March 5, 2015
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 days. Early March of each year for receipt of nominations; March of each year for selection of scholars by Udall Review Committee; May of each year for announcement of Udall scholars.
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How are proposals selected?
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How may assistance be used?
Assistance is intended for the use of scholars only. Scholars must be a sophomore or junior-level student at the time of the award, enrolled full-time at a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education in the United States, pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
A Udall scholar may submit funding requests during the following academic year, from approximately May following selection, to the following June. 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 (Payment Request form), certified by a financial officer of the college or university; •A completed Direct Deposit/EFT Enrollment form. Scholars may receive up to $5,000 at the beginning of the fall semester or may receive a partial payment in the fall semester and another at the beginning of the spring semester. The number of payments to be made via direct deposit during the academic year will correspond to the number of semesters, trimesters or quarters in the institution's academic year and the amount of funds to be provided, not to exceed $5,000 in total.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Paula Randler
130 S. Scott Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 US
Phone: 520-901-8564
Fax: 520-901-8570
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 15 est $250,000.00; FY 14 est $250,000.00; FY 13$253,691.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$2,000 to $5,000; average $4800.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
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