Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Udall Scholarship

About the Udall Scholarship

Stewart Udall and his younger brother Morris both had long and storied political careers marked by environmental activism and advocacy for Native American causes. The Udall foundation identifies future leaders in these fields early in their college careers and connects them with an extraordinary network of committed individuals. In 2017, the Udall Foundation plans to award 60 scholarships of up to $7000 to sophomore- and junior-level students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Environmental fields are broadly defined and include policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields. Native American or Alaska Native students with interests in 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 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 are eligible.

Special Location of award, if applicable:

Eligible applicants:

• are sophomore or junior students with a rich record of academic and extracurricular activities related to their field of interest
• are students with a demonstrated career commitment to the environment OR
• are Native Americans or Alaska Natives with commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or Native health care

For the purposes of the Scholarship Program, a Native American or Alaska Native is any individual who is:
• a member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the tribe or band, including any tribe or band terminated since 1940 and any tribe recognized by the state in which the tribe or band resides
• a descendant in first or second degree of a member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the tribe or band, who can demonstrate affiliation with the tribal community according to criteria set by the Foundation
• considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose
• an Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native
• a permanent U.S. resident who is a member of the First Nations of Canada

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Undergraduate – Junior or below

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The Udall Scholarship application process:

Having rich co-curricular experiences (research, internships) is a must for an Udall Scholarship. Meet with CFSA early to plan and get connected to the SU network. Applicants must have well-developed interests in environmental fields or Native American public policy or healthcare.

Applicants must be nominated by Syracuse University in order to submit their final application for an Udall Scholarship. This process takes place in mid-January. If an applicant is nominated, final submission is due in early March.

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:
More Information:

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