Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship Program

Because environmental issues can be approached in a multidisciplinary way, Udall Undergraduate Scholarship is offered to students from a broad range of disciplines. In awarding the scholarships, consideration will be given to the student's field of study, career objectives, and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. 

Native American students who are committed to careers related to tribal policy and health care are especially encouraged to apply.


To be considered for nomination as a Udall Scholar, a student must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Be a matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education at the time of nomination.
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent. It should be noted that this is only one of several qualifiers and that applicants will also be judged on the basis of other experience.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident alien, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a U.S. national.

Period of Study

Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support per application year.

Special Considerations

The award will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students:

Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and who study the environment and related fields.

Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and are in the fields related to health care or tribal public policy.


The Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation will award approximately 80 scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholars. Each scholar receives up to $7,000, or the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, whichever is less.


All candidates must be nominated by their college or university. The Foundation will not solicit or accept applications directly from candidates.

Students seeking GW nomination for the Udall Scholarship are required to submit a complete application through CUFR's InfoReady portal.  That application includes:

  1. Udall Application Form;
  2. 800-word Essay on 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;
  3. Unofficial GW transcript (issued by the Student Services Hub; no GWeb-based transcripts please); and
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation



  • GW Nomination: February 10, 2021.
  • National: March 2, 2021.


Class Year

  • Sophomore
  • Junior


  • Multiple


  • English


  • Other

Program Type

  • Public Service
  • Tuition Aid


  • DC

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GWU Endorsement Required?


Make an Appointment

To discuss this and other opportunities, schedule an appointment with the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships & Research.