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.
Each scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $5,000. 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:
- Official Penn transcript
- Nominee information form
- Nominee essay
- 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.
Applicants submit complete materials to CURF by Feb 4. 2013. CURF will select the nominees, and forward the application to the central Udall committee for consideration by its due date, March 5. 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.