The U.S. Congress established the Udall Foundation as an independent executive branch agency in 1992 to honor Morris K. Udall's 30 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to honor Stewart L. Udall and add his name to the Foundation. It is now known as the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. The purposes of the Foundation are to: increase awareness of the importance of the nation’s natural resources; to foster a greater understanding of the role of the environment, public lands and resources in the development of the U.S.; to identify critical environmental issues; to develop resources to train professionals properly in environmental and related fields; and provide educational outreach regarding environmental policy.
The foundation also seeks to develop resources to train Native American and Alaska native professionals in health care and public policy, and through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, provide assessment, mediation, and other related services to resolve environmental disputes involving federal agencies.
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships of up to $5000 for academic fees to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Awardees also participate in a 5-day Scholar Orientation in Tucson, AZ, and have access to the Scholar alumni network for life. The Foundation also awards 50 honorable mentions. The award is for one year, but students may reapply if they are eligible the following year. They may only be awarded a scholarship twice. Scholarships are offered in any of 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.
The Udall Foundation receives from 450-550 applications each year; 50 scholarships are awarded.
Applicants must have/be:
- Sophomores or juniors at the time of application; no age limit
- A strong academic record, preferably with some distinguishing work done in major field; GPA 3.5 minimum for Udall is 3.0; winners have averaged a GPA of 3.7
- US citizens, U.S. Nationals, or U.S. permanent residents who intend to become U.S. citizens
- Mount Holyoke College may nominate six candidates for the Udall Scholarship
- Demonstrated leadership, commitment, integrity, and service. The foundation motto is: Civility, integrity, consensus.
- An 11-question online application form (includes several short essay questions)
- An 800 word essay on a speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by either Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your interests and goals
- Official copies of your transcript(s) including college level work at institutions other than MHC – most study abroad program grades do not appear on your MHC transcript and no grades from domestic institutions will appear, so students must order official transcripts from those institutions to be sent directly to Christine
- Three recommendation letters from faculty members, staff, internship supervisors, or program advisors
|Timeframe||Task(s) to Complete|
|Summer prior to application||begin reading documents by Morris Udall and Stewart Udall available through the Foundation website|
|October||request registration for online application from FA|
|November||attend campus Udall Information Session|
|By December 1||send FA answers to application questions and a copy of your essay for feedback, if desired|
|request recommendations from faculty members to be sent to FA for February 3rd deadline; remind them in January|
|Early January||order official transcripts from all undergraduate study sources to be sent directly to FA|
|February 3||submit application materials to FA for distribution to Committee on Fellowships|
|February 18-21||candidates interview with Committee on Fellowships; nominated candidates revise applications accordingly|
|March 5||FA submits applications, transcripts, and recommendations|
|April 15||selected candidates notified|
|August 5-10||winners must attend Scholar Orientation Week in Tucson|