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Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Campus Deadline: November 11, 2016

This national fellowship from the Udall Foundation provides up to $7,000 to sophomores and juniors 1) who are committed to environmental issues or 2) who are American Indians or Alaska Natives addressing concerns of tribal policy or health care.

The Udall Foundation honors Morris K. Udall’s and Stewart L. Udall’s public service contributions to issues affecting the environment and the rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Morris was a congressman from Arizona; Stewart was Secretary of the Interior. Applicants must submit an essay describing how the work of one of these statesmen has affected their goals.

Students can apply for:

$7,000 of funding for their undergraduate degrees. The scholarship recognizes students focusing on one of the following areas:

Tribal Policy: Recognizes American Indian and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy and committed to improving conditions for members of their tribal community or Indian country overall

Native Health Care: Recognizes American Indian and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to Native American health care and committed to improving conditions for members of their tribal community or Indian Country overall

Environment: Recognizes students committed to the environment and to pursuing careers where they will be able to impact environmental issues

Eligibility

The Udall Scholarship is open to college sophomores or juniors who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who has completed at least one year of full-time undergraduate study beginning the fall after their application. "Junior" is defined as a student who intends at least one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning the fall after their application. Applicants should have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPR at Texas A&M. Applicants can come from a variety of academic backgrounds; specific majors are not required for eligibility. Students cannot apply for the scholarship more than twice. Please view further eligibility requirements here.

You are a good fit for the Udall Scholarship if you:
  • Can demonstrate a strong commitment to your career goals
  • Can demonstrate leadership related to your career goals
  • Can demonstrate how your interests are related to your career goals
Application

As part of the online application, students must submit:
  • Short answers describing their career goals, their leadership experience, the issues they wish to address, why they are committed to these issues, and their experience relevant to these issues
  • An 800-word essay on a speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement of Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and its impact on their interests and goals
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation that address leadership, public service, and academic achievements
  • Transcripts
More details about the applications can be found here.

Timeline
 
  • All application materials must be submitted for internal review at Texas A&M by November 11, 2016.
  • Final application deadline: March 2017
  • Selection notification: April 2017
  • Deadline to accept scholarship: Mid-April 2017
  • August 2017: Udall Scholar Orientation – required 4-day conference in Tucson, Arizona, for new Scholars
You can view additional deadlines for the Udall Foundation here.

Website
http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Scholarship.aspx

Campus Contact
Dr. Jonathan Kotinek, associate director for Honors: jkotinek@tamu.edu
 
Additional Information
 
  • The scholarship includes Scholar Orientation, a four-day conference in Tucson, Arizona, where all new Udall Scholars work on a case study and interact with Udall Alumni. Udall Scholars are required to attend Scholar Orientation. Trip expenses for travel, lodging, and meals are covered by the Udall Foundation. Scholars (including those who applied with the environment as their focus) may also choose to attend a Nation Building workshop led by the Native Nations Institute.
  • Interested students will be asked to complete a pre-application questionnaire before being granted access to the online application. You are encouraged to schedule an appointment to discuss your interest with an advisor early.
  • Texas A&M can nominate up to 8 students for the Udall Scholarship, 4 in the environmental category and 4 in the tribal policy/native health care categories.
  • Students who are interested in applying are encouraged to begin researching the Morris K. Udall and the Stewart L. Udall collections for materials related to their interests.