Campus Deadline: January 17, 2016
The Udall Scholarship was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Morris King Udall and his legacy of public service. Congressman Udall served his country with distinction and honor. His legacy has impacted the nation’s environment, public lands, and natural resources. He also championed the rights of Native Americans and Alaska Natives and used his leadership in Congress to strengthen tribal self-governance.
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors dedicated to leadership and public service in either of two areas:
- Students from any ethnic background interested in conservation and environmental issues from any political perspective
- American Indians and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers or working on Tribal Policy
Each scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,000. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support. Scholars selected during their sophomore year may be renominated during their junior year.
Eligibility and Qualifications
- Applicants must be sophomores or juniors
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or resident aliens
- Applicants must intend to pursue a career in environmental public policy or be a Native American or Alaska Native student interested in a career related to health care and tribal public policy
Penn can nominate up to three students in each category, for a total of six nominees.
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria
The application includes:
- Nominee information form and essay, which consists of a pdf of your completed application from the Udall site
- Unofficial Penn transcript printed from Penn InTouch (see instructions below)
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have knowledge about the applicant’s personal characteristics, motivation, and potential for a great career in the specified fields
As soon as candidates have arranged for letters of recommendation, they should fill out the Recommendation Request form below for each recommender, and for each program to which they are applying.
Candidates who are currently enrolled Penn students should create a single pdf of the required application materials in the order listed above and complete and submit the application form at https://secure.www.upenn.edu/curf/form/fellowships-internal-application
All applicants must submit these materials in a single file in .pdf format. No other format will be accepted. To create a copy of your Penn transcript, go to Penn InTouch and print your transcript to pdf. (If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, download the free installer to obtain the free version of Adobe or use a Penn computer that has Adobe Acrobat installed.) “Print” and save each document as a pdf, then create a single pdf file as indicated above by navigating to Acrobat’s “File -> Create -> Combine Files into a Single PDF” feature.
Applicants submit complete materials to CURF by January 17, 2016. CURF will select the nominees, and forward the application to the central Udall committee for consideration by its due date, March 2. Udall makes decisions and announces its winners fairly quickly. In addition to the tuition support, Scholars will attend a four-day orientation in August to meet with other Scholars, elected officials and environmental and tribal leaders.