Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Estimated annual campus deadline: Early February

The Udall Scholarship provides financial support and access to the Udall leadership network to sophomores and juniors who are either committed to pursuing an environmentally related career, or who are Native Americans or Alaska Natives interested in fields related to Native health care or tribal public policy. Ideal scholars will demonstrate the core Udall principles of civility, integrity, and consensus through their area of study and public service activities, and show the potential to make significant contributions in their chosen field.

Eligibility: Sophomores and Juniors who either 1) have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or 2) who 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 $7,000 for educational expenses

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

Scholarship Deadline: 

February 3, 2023

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 $7,000 to outstanding students who demonstrate a commitment to and potential for making significant contributions in either environmental/conservation issues, tribal policy, or native health care. Detailed information and the application material may be downloaded from the foundation website:

Students should send an email to the Scholarships Coordinator at, 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 or junior (defined as a student who has completed either one or two full years of full-time undergraduate study, and who intends at least one or two more years, respectively, 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 is 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.
  • be pursuing full-time study during the academic year in which they apply.

Students must select and apply under one of the following three Udall Scholar programs:

  • A. Environment; for all undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues.
  • B. Tribal Policy; for Native Americans and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country.*
  • C. Native Health Care; for Native Americans and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers.*

*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 3, 2023

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
  • Within the above application, completion of the nominee essay of 800 words or less discussing how the three core values of the Udall legacy (civility, integrity, and consensus) resonate with you, and how you exemplify at least one of these values in your personal and professional life.
  • Three signed letters of recommendation, preferably on department letterhead, from faculty members who can discuss the nominee’s potential and capabilities. Letters should be submitted by email as Word or PDF attachments and sent directly to by the recommender. The letters must be received by the campus deadline.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, including UCSB. Please request these early so they are received at our office before the campus deadline. Applicants should request that digital copies of official transcripts be emailed to: If you need to submit transcripts from an institution that only provides hard-copy official transcripts, please contact our office to coordinate.