Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Estimated annual campus deadline: Early February

The Udall Scholarship provides financial support to sophomores and juniors who either have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment or are Native Americans or Alaska Natives interested in fields related to Native health care or tribal public policy, and who show, through their areas of study and public service activities, a commitment to and potential for making significant contributions in their fields.

Eligibility: Sophomores and Juniors who either 1) have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or 2) are Native Americans or Alaska Natives in fields related to Native health care or tribal public policy; GPA of 3.0 or above.

Award amount: up to $5,000 for educational expenses

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

Scholarship Deadline: 

February 1, 2017

Expanded Scholarship Details: 

The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in the National Environmental Policy Foundation, authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Morris King Udall and his legacy of public service, awards scholarships of up to $5,000 to outstanding students who demonstrate a commitment to and potential for making significant contributions in their fields.  Detailed information and the application material may be downloaded from the foundation website: www.udall.gov.

Students should send an email to the Scholarships Coordinator at scholarships@ltsc.ucsb.edu, indicating their interest in the scholarship.  The Scholarship Coordinator in the College of Letters and Science works with closely with UCSB undergraduates, regardless of their colleges, who apply for major scholarships, and it is important that students consult with the coordinator well before the campus application deadline.

Conditions of Eligibility:

To be eligible for the Udall Scholarship, a student must:

  • be a college sophomore (defined as a student who has completed at least one full year of full- time undergraduate study and who intends at least two more years of undergraduate study beginning in fall the year after applying) or a junior (defined as a student who intends one more year of undergraduate study beginning in fall the year after applying)
  • have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career. (A cumulative UCSB grade-point average of 3.0 or higher required.).
  • be a United States citizen, a permanent resident alien, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of Mariana Islands, a United States national.
  • will be pursuing full-time study during the academic year in which they apply.
  • either A) be committed to a career related to the environment; OR, B) be a Native American or Alaska Native student committed to a career in a field related to health care or tribal public policy. For the purposes of the Udall Scholarship Program, a Native American or Alaska Native is any individual who is (1) 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; (2) a descendent, in first or second degree, of a member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the tribe or band; (3) considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose; or (4) an Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native.  Documentation must be provided.

Campus Guidelines:

Campus Application Deadline: February 1, 2017, by 4:00 p.m. (no exceptions)

Application materials are available online at the Udall Scholarship website.

The following items must be completed and submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on the above campus deadline:

  • A completed online application—the application includes a Nominee Essay of 800 words or less discussing a significant public speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement made by Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall  AND its impact on your field of interest and career goals. The essay must be submitted in final format.  In other words, please be sure to check spelling, grammar and punctuation to assure that your writing is of the highest possible quality.
  • Three signed letters of recommendation, preferably on department letterhead, from faculty members who can discuss the nominee’s potential and capabilities. Letters may be submitted by email as Word or PDF attachments to scholarships@ltsc.ucsb.edu or may be sent as hard copies to the address below.  The letters must be received by the campus deadline.
  • Hard copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have ever attended, including UCSB, and including any college courses taken while in high school.  Please request these early so they are received at our office before the campus deadline. For UCSB Official Transcripts, eTranscripts may also be used for the most reliable and rapid delivery.  Please select "eTranscript" in GOLD's official transcript ordering service and have your official eTranscript sent to: nick@ltsc.ucsb.edu

Hard copy official transcripts and hard copy letters of recommendation should be mailed from the institution or recommender directly to the following address:

Attention: Scholarships Coordinator
Nick Alward-Saxon
1117 Cheadle Hall
Division of Undergraduate Education
College of Letters and Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2085