The Morris K. Udall Scholarship Foundation awards approximately 60 scholarships annually to students pursuing careers related to environmental public policy, or who are Native Americans or Alaska Natives pursuing careers related to health care or tribal public policy. The program honors Representative Udall's work to preserve the environment and public lands. It is a highly respected program, and a good "gateway" to other prestigious fellowships.
The Scholarship covers tuition, fees, room and board expenses up to $7,000 during one year. Udall Scholars also participate in a summer workshop, receive academic and career advice, and have access to a network of highly accomplished environmental professionals. Scholars selected as sophomores may apply for a second year of funding. Applicants not selected as sophomores are encouraged to apply again as juniors, as additional experience may make them stronger candidates.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and be sophomores or juniors with a minimum 3.0 (9.0) GPA. Majors in any fields are eligible. Applicants should have studied subjects related to environment and public policy in the sciences or social sciences, and should have relevant campus or community service experience.
The Udall Foundation seeks candidates who, in both their academic and extracurricular activities, have already demonstrated significant involvement in environmental issues. Consideration is given to the student's field of study, career objectives, and the extent to which the individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field.
Pomona College may nominate up to eight candidates each year. The internal deadline is February 20, 2017, and the national deadline is March 15, 2017. Prospective applicants should read carefully about the application process on the Foundation's website, and contact the Udall Scholarship faculty advisor, Professor Jonathan Wright, at firstname.lastname@example.org to gain access to the online application. Please email your application (including transcripts and essays) by 11:59 pm on February 20 to Professor Wright so that it could be considered for a nomination; your three recommenders must email their letters of recommendation directly to Professor Wright as well. You are eligible if off-campus in either fall or spring semester. Talk with your recommenders about why you are applying, show them your drafts, and ask for their advice. Give them information about the scholarship's goals and criteria, so they can write a letter that addresses the important points in your application.
- Jonathan Wright