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 $7000 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 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; 50 honorable mentions named.
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 minimum for Udall is 3.0; winners have averaged a GPA of 3.7
- U.S. 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 Udall Foundation motto is: Civility, integrity, consensus.
- An 11-question online application form (includes several short essay questions regarding the candidate's professional aspirations; a significant leadership experience; a significant Udall-topic related public service activity; and other 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 Overstreet
- Three recommendation letters from faculty members, staff, internship supervisors, or program advisors
|Timeframe||Task(s) to Complete|
|Summer/Fall||Begin reading documents by Morris Udall and Stewart Udall available on Udall website|
|October-January||Meet with Christine Overstreet to discuss potential candidacy and/or attend an information session or webinar; request to be registered in online application (contact Christine Overstreet)|
|December/January||Send short essay answers to Christine for feedback; draft research essay and seek feedback from faculty in field as well as from Christine (faculty feedback is critical); request recommendation letters from faculty, staff, internship or program supervisors/advisors|
|By Feb 4th||Complete online application including large essay. Order official transcripts from all undergraduate study to be sent directly to Christine; recommenders send letters to Christine (may be sent electronically)|
|February 15-19||Interview with Committee on Fellowships; Committee selects nominees|
|Feb 26||Submit revised application in Udall online system; recommenders'letters signed, on letterhead, due to Christine (if not already in that form); all official transcripts due to Christine (if not already submitted)|
|By March 2nd||Christine submits online application, with nomination, to Udall with all supporting materials (transcripts, recommendations, etc.)|
|April 5||Udall Foundation notifies students of status, recipients reply by the 15th|
|May 1||Scholars announced on Udall website|
|August 9-14||Udall Scholar Orientation in Tuscon, AZ; winners must attend|