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The Morris K Udall and Stewart L Udall Foundation annually awards approximately 50 scholarships of up to $5000 to sophomore and junior 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 Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or Native health care.

Eligibility Requirements

    • be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the application year.
    • have a college grade-point average of at least "B"
    • be a United States citizen, U.S. National, or a permanent resident

Application Components

    • Online Application
    • Purdue transcript and transcripts from any other colleges/universities attended
    • Udall Essay:  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
    • Three letters of recommendation

Characteristics of a Competitive Application

    • a cohesive "story" beginning with the career goal statement and supported by activities, research, jobs/internships, transcripts, letters, and the essay.
    • Short essay answers that demonstrate your commitment to environmental issues, tribal public policy, or Native health care.
    • A well articulate a career "path" or field - if you don't know exactly what you want to do, be clear about what issues you want to work on and use the application to show readers how you're preparing yourself to make an impact
    • Read widely among the speeches, legislation, and policy statements of Congressman Morris K. Udall or Secretary of Interior Stewart L. Udall. For the essay, choose a speech or piece of legislation that clearly relates to your interests and career goals.
    • Demonstrated desire for problem-solving or consensus-building;
    • Illustrated leadership potential.

Application Procedure

Step 1 is to indicate intent to apply for the Udall Scholarship by submitting a Registration Form here no later than December 1st

This questionnaire includes submission of your recommenders and should not be submitted until you have identified those individuals and they have agreed to provide a recommendation.  In response to this submission, you will receive detailed application instructions, and your recommenders will receive an email from NISO with information about the scholarship, submission instructions, and tips for writing a strong Udall Scholarship recommendation letter.

All applicants must be nominated by their college or university.  As such, Purdue applicants are reviewed by an internal committee and up to 6 nominees are sent forward to the Udall Foundation for consideration.  Students applying for Purdue nomination must submit through the campus preliminary application process.  All application materials must be submitted as follows:

1)  Online Application

        • Applicants must be registered by Purdue.  Those submitting completed Registration Forms per above will be automatically registered resulting in an email containing the link to the application portal.
        • Complete all questions EXCEPT the recommendation section.  DO NOT enter recommenders into the online application

All other materials submitted to the NISO Director via email 

2)  Recommendations

        • Recommenders listed on the Registration Form receive guidelines and submission information directly from NISO.
        • Recommendations are submitted to NISO for the campus application process, recommenders are only registered in the online application for nominees selected for the national competition.

3)  Udall Essay

4)  Purdue Transcript

        • should be ordered via MyPurdue, sent directly to the NISO Director's email

5)  Transcript(s) from other institutions that nominee attended (if any)


All application materials must be submitted by the campus deadline - January 31, 2014