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Udall Scholarship Essay Format

Students are nominated by the university using the following requirements. Nominees must:

  • Be a matriculated sophomore or junior-level student. ("Sophomore" is defined as a student who intends at least two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2010. "Junior" is defined as a student who intends at least one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2010).
  • Be committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in tribal public policy or Native American health care (only Native Americans and Alaska Natives* are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native American health care).
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident.

Eighty scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded and 50 honorable mentions receive awards of $350.


Please see also Fr. Bucko's website


The Udall faculty representative oversees the selection of the institution’s nominees, helps nominees prepare for the competition, and submits the nomination materials to the Foundation by the specified deadline.

The following items are required for each nominee:

  • A completed Institution Nomination Form;
  • A completed, signed Udall Scholarship Application;
  • An 800-word essay, signed and dated;
  • A current official college transcript and transcripts for other colleges attended;
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Generally in early February.  Please check with Fr. Bucko for details.

Scholars are selected on the basis of:

  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental issues through substantial contributions to and participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, research, community or public service, OR;
  • Demonstrated commitment to tribal public policy or Native American health care through substantial contributions to and participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, tribal involvement, community or public service, research.
  • Leadership, character, desire to make a difference, general well-roundedness.

Dr. Elizabeth Elliot-Meisel or Dr. Lydia Cooper


The Udall Scholarship is a merit award from the Udall Foundation that provides leadership, public service, internship, and networking opportunities, in addition to up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses, to 60 second and third year students with leadership and public service who have demonstrated a commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to two groups of students:

  • Those engaged in environmental issues through perspectives of (but not limited to) policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics
  • Those with American Indian or Alaska Natives backgrounds who engaged in tribal policy or Native health care

The Udall Scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on American Indian self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.

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You must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply for the Udall Scholarship:

Deadline to Apply for UNC Endorsement

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

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Students interested in applying for the Udall Scholarship should:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or a U.S. resident.
  • Be a second or third year student during the 2017-18 academic year and plan to complete full-time study during the 2018-19 academic year. There is no age limit.
  • Be interested in environmental issues, or be American Indian or Alaska Native and interested in tribal public policy or Native health care.
  • GPA: There is no GPA requirement.
  • Receive UNC’s endorsement through the Office of Distinguished Scholarships.

Deadline for Email Nomination (Optional)

Thursday, November 9, 2017 (11:59 pm ET)

Recent Udall Scholarship Recipients and Honorable Mentions

Joseph Locklear ’17 (Scholarship, 2014-15; Honorable Mention, 2015-16)

Chelsea Barnes ’15 (Honorable Mention, 2013-14)

Sangeetha Kumar ’15 (Honorable Mention, 2013-14)

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