A program of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, Udall Scholarships provide support to college sophomores and juniors committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. To this end, the foundation awards up to 60 scholarships each year to individuals nominated by their undergraduate institutions.
Scholarships are offered in three categories:
- to students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields; or
- to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities; or
- to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities, and other related fields.
Each scholarship provides up to $7,000 for tuition and other educational expenses, a four-day orientation, and access to a mentoring network of environmental and Native American health and tribal policy professionals.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or nationals, and enrolled as full-time college sophomores or juniors at the time of application; candidates must also be maintaining a B average or better in their academic work. Further, candidates must be committed to careers related to the environment, OR committed to careers in tribal public policy or Native American health care. Only Native Americans or Alaska Natives may apply in the tribal public policy or Native American health care categories.
Scholars are selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to environmental or natural resource issues, or to tribal public policy, or to Native American health care; course of study and proposed career likely to lead to significant contributions in their chosen fields; and their leadership, character, and desire to make a difference.
University nomination: Columbia University may nominate a total of six eligible undergraduates for consideration each year. Students in Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies who will be current sophomores or juniors at the time of application are eligible. Please note: the internal campus competition places students into consideration for nomination. Students may not apply directly for these fellowships without first having been nominated.
To apply: Register your candidacy with Columbia online here, where you will find further instructions for completing your online Udall Undergraduate Scholarship application. Registration of your candidacy and the completed online application should be submitted no later than the internal deadline. Additionally, your letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the deadline.
Meet Columbia's most recent Udall Scholars: Elana Shanti Sulakshana, CC' 17 (History and Sustainable Development); Rebecca Chan, CC ’12 (Environmental Chemistry); Adam Formica, CC ’13 (Environmental Science); Richard Sun, CC ’13 (Economics)