Udall Scholarship

The Udall Scholarship was instituted in 1992 to provide scholarship aid to undergraduate students from any ethnic group who demonstrate a commitment to improving or preserving the environment and to Native American undergraduates committed to a career in health care or tribal public policy. Bryn Mawr College may nominate up to six candidates.


  • Preliminary: N/A
  • Internal: Jan. 23, 2023
  • External: early March, 2023

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien or national. You must be a full-time sophomore or junior with at least a 3.0 general grade-point average (most successful Udall candidates will have a higher GPA). Finally, you must 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).

Adviser: Eleanor (Ellie) Stanford, Fellowship Adviser.

Application procedures: Students interested in being nominated should submit the online internal application by 5 p.m. on the internal deadline date.

On the basis of this internal application, the Fellowships Adviser, in consultation with the fellowships committee, will name up to six nominees.

The external application will be available online soon. The external application includes:

  • A 6-page application form. This asks you for short answers to several questions: for example, “describe one specific example of your leadership” and “describe a recent particularly satisfying public service activity.”
  • An analysis (800 words or less) of a significant public speech, legislative act, or public policy statement by Congressman Udall. You must include a discussion of its effect on your interests and career goals. The University of Arizona maintains a useful archive
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which may be a letter on nomination prepared by the Fellowships Adviser.
  • Official transcript

After the application is submitted: In early April, the Udall Foundation announces the names of Udall Scholars and Honorable Mentions.