Udall Scholarship

Website Eligibility Deadline
udall.gov Sophomores/Juniors TBA, Usually December


The Udall Scholarship aims to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers related to environmental public policy. It also seeks to encourage outstanding Native American and Alaska Native students to pursue careers related to health care and tribal public policy. Typical majors or areas of study include environmental engineering, the natural sciences, natural resource management, and the social sciences.


Current sophomores and juniors are eligible for consideration. 

You should apply if:

  • You are working toward positive solutions to environmental challenges or to issues impacting Indian country.
  • You have demonstrated your commitment to one of these areas through public service.
  • You inspire and motivate others to take action.
  • You are committed to making a difference through civility and consensus building.

Udall Scholars are selected on the basis of:

  • Commitment to a career related to the environment, or to tribal public policy, or to American Indian health care;
  • Leadership, public service, consensus building, and integrity;
  • Academic achievement
  • An understanding of the Udall legacy, demonstrated through the application essay.

Application Procedure

  1. Students interested in applying for the Udall Scholarship must be nominated by the university. Meet with Dean Wes Schaub in October to review application requirements.
  2. Send the following application components to Dean Johnson at lxt229@case.edu by the on-campus deadline of Dec. 1, 2023: 
    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcript
    • A sample Udall application; please address the following prompts in essay form:
      • What are your professional aspirations? What issues, needs, or problems do you hope to address? Indicate in which area(s) of the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care you are considering making your career, and specify how your academic program and your overall educational plans will assist you in achieving your goals. (Limit 2,000 characters with spaces.)
      • Describe a leadership experience in which you made a difference on campus or in your community. (Limit 2,400 characters with spaces.)
      • Describe briefly your most significant public service, community, or campus activities associated with your interests in the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care in which you regularly participate. Explain the duration, degree, and significance of your involvement. (Limit 2,200 characters with spaces.)
      • 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. (Limit is 800 words.)
    • One letter of recommendation from a CWRU faculty member
    • Preference will be for all application documents to be sent in one singular PDF. Letters from references can be submitted separately by the letter writer either electronically to lxt229@case.edu or via U.S./campus mail to the Office of Undergraduate Advising, Case Western Reserve University, 447 Sears Building, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH  44106-7028.
  1. If nominated by the University, applicants will be given access to the national application online. 
Application Timeline
Campus deadline Dec. 1, 2023
Interview scheduling Dec. 2-6, 2023
Interview confirmation Dec. 6, 2023
Campus interviews Jan. 20, 2024
Campus nominations completed Feb. 2024
National deadline March, 2024

Value of the Award

The Udall Scholarship provides:

  • Access to the Udall Alumni Network: an association of environmental and tribal leaders and public servants sharing innovative ideas, professional advice, and job and internship opportunities.
  • Four days in Tucson, Arizona, at Scholar Orientation: extending your professional network, meeting other scholars and alumni, and learning new skills.
  • Up to $5,000 for eligible academic expenses.


Udall Foundation
1825 K St., Suite 701
Washington, DC 20006

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