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Udall Scholarship

*The 2017 Udall Scholarship Application will open on October 1, 2016.*

The Udall Foundation awards approximately 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 to outstanding sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:
  • To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care

The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics.

University nomination is required. See How to Apply for more information.

Who can apply? Who should apply? 

Udall Scholars typically have a track record of promoting environmental issues, a desire for problem-solving or consensus-building, leadership potential and a vision for how they're going to make a difference.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a US Citizen, National, or Permanent Resident
  • Have 1-3 years of full-time undergraduate study remaining
Udall Scholars typically have:

  • a record of working on environment-related service or research;
  • a commitment to solve problems through consensus-building;
  • demonstrated leadership potential;
  • a vision for how they will make a difference.

How to Apply

To apply for the Udall Scholarship, you must be nominated by Drexel University. We hold an open campus competition for nomination beginning in October.

Applying for nomination involves a few steps:

Step 1. Get ready

Attend an info session and/or sign up for the Fellowships Blackboard Site to learn more about the Udall Scholarship.

Can't make it to an info session? Come to our Drop-in Advising Hours or request an appointment with a fellowships advisor.

Step 2. Apply for Campus Nomination 

Required Deadline to apply for nomination: December 1, 2016
You MUST submit an application to be considered for campus nomination. Complete Step 1 to receive an application. Students are encouraged to contact us in advance of the deadline to discuss the program and receive feedback.

Udall Nominees will be announced shortly thereafter and provided with feedback for revising and preparing a complete application. Sample application materials are available on the Fellowships Blackboard Site.

Step 3. Nominee Campus Review 

Campus review deadline (for nominees): February 1, 2017

Nominated students will submit a full application, including letters of recommendation by this date. Nominees will meet with the nominating committee in late January to discuss their applications and receive feedback.  

Step 4. National Deadlines

Final Application Deadline:March 14, 2017 
Institutional Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017


Additional Information

To learn more about applying for the Udall Scholarship; attend any or all of the webinars offered by the Udall Foundation

For more information, please visit

Last updated: August 2016

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Study


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • One year


  • December 1 

    campus deadline
    Contact DFO for more information

Special Considerations:

  • Underrepresented racial or ethnic group

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad

GPA Cut Off:

  • 3


  • $7,000

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