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Udall Scholarship


The Udall Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity geared towards sophomores and juniors who intend to become leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation also seeks future Native American and Alaskan Native leaders interested in addressing public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy issues that affect Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.

  • Campus Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm. **SUBMIT EARLY: This deadline is strict.**
  • Register for Udall Info Session, Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm in Haas DK Room, Haas Center
  • Award: Up to $7,000 or cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board, whichever is less for one year of support per application year
  • Campus liaison: Eden Mekonen (
  • More information at: The Udall Scholarship national website

Open to:


External or Stanford Award:

Administered by external organization

Sponsored by:

Udall Foundation


  • Nomination by Stanford through the Haas Center for Public Service
  • U.S. citizen or a U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Full-time Sophomore, or Junior (see the Udall website for definitions of class standing)
  • Study a field and demonstrate leadership in work related to the environment or native American/Native Alaskan health care or tribal policy
  • Minimum GPA of “B” or above
  • Enrolled full-time at Stanford during 2018-19 year
  • Will be pursuing a bachelor's degree full-time during the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Must be able to attend Udall Scholar Orientation Week

Note: Scholars selected during their Sophomore year may be re-nominated during the next year's competition


The following steps must be completed for an application to be considered for campus nomination:

  1. Register with Leadership Development to participate in the campus competition.
  2. Email Eden Mekonen to acquire your unique login for the Udall website when registration opens.
  3. Consult with Udall campus advisor regarding the content and writing of your application.
  4. Carefully select the speech, legislative act or policy statement of either Morris Udall or Stewart Udall that you will address in the 800-word essay.
  5. Request three confidential letters of recommendation (original only, additional copies not necessary):
    • At least one letter of recommendation must come from Stanford faculty
    • If native, one letter of recommendation must come from Native American Community Center (NACC) staff that can attest to the applicant’s commitment to indigenous communities
    • It is recommended that you review Tips for Soliciting Letters of Recommendation and confer with the Udall campus liaison before finalizing your choices for recommendations. Begin this process early to allow for creation and submission by the deadline.
  6. Submit the following materials to the Haas Center Leadership Development team (Haas Center, Room 212) by the campus deadline, 3:00 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019:
    • Signed application (5 copies)
    • 800 word signed essay (5 copies)
    • Request an electronic version of all official college transcripts to be sent to Eden Mekonen. If you can only obtain hard copies of a transcript, submit one original and five copies
    • Printed version of your online application (5 copies)
    • Three letters of recommendation (original only, additional copies not necessary). Letters may be sent electronically from the writer to
    • Signed Fellowship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver

Note: Late applications will NOT be accepted without prior approval.

Selection Process

A committee of Stanford staff and faculty will review applications and select Udall campus nominees.

Additional Resources

You are strongly encouraged to consult with your faculty mentors on the application.