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Udall Scholarship

This program requires university review and endorsement.

Campus Endorsement Deadline: November 30

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 November. More information about the current year's competition, application resources, and guidelines are available on the Drexel Fellowships Resource Site (Drexel login required)

Applying for nomination involves a few steps:

  • Step 1. Get ready

    Attend an info session and review information on the Drexel Fellowships Resource 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 Nomination Deadline: November 30
    To apply for nomination, students must submit a draft of the application, minus the long essay (section E); a scholarship waiver; and one letter of recommendation. A blank sample of the Udall application questions, which should be used for the nomination application, can be found on the Udall Scholarship website. Please note that we will not give draft feedback before selecting nominees.

    The Drexel University Selection Committee will evaluate your application materials according to Udall's selection criteria and will select up to four candidates who best demonstrate the potential to be Udall Scholars. Udall Nominees will be announced shortly thereafter and will receive feedback for revising and preparing a complete application. Sample application materials and other resources for nominees are available on the Drexel Fellowships Resource Site.
  • Step 3. Nominee Campus Review 

    Campus Review Deadline (for nominees): Late January
    Nominated students will submit a revised, complete application, including letters of recommendation by this date. Nominees will meet with the nominating committee in mid-February to discuss their applications and receive additional feedback.
  • Step 4. National Deadline

    Final Application Deadline: March 5
    Nominees must submit all revised application materials and letters of recommendation electronically by this deadline.

    The Center for Scholar Development will submit your complete application materials to the Udall Foundation.

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

Related Awards:
Truman Scholarship; NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship; EPA Marshall Scholarship

Last updated: September 2019

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 

    campus deadline
    Contact DFO for more information

Special Considerations:

  • Underrepresented racial or ethnic group

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad

GPA Cut Off:

  • 3


  • $7,000