Morris K. Udall Scholarship


Campus Contact: Jamey Pavey, Director of the Center for Environmental Leadership

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Morris King Udall’s 30 years of service to the House of Representatives, the Morris K. Udall Foundation supports programs that encourage Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through studies of the environment, Native American health and tribal policy and effective public policy conflict resolution. An Arizona native, Udall was particularly committed to the U.S. national park system and the preservation of the nation’s natural environment.

Each year the Foundation awards 80 undergraduate scholarships of up to $5,000 to juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment, and to Native American and Alaskan American health care or tribal policy. In addition, 30 Honorable Mentions receive awards of $350.

This fellowship requires institutional selection and nomination. A copy of all materials must be submitted electronically to Earlham’s Graduate Fellowship Committee. The GFC may nominate up to six candidates for this fellowship.

Who May Apply

Sophomores or junior full-time undergraduate students who intend to pursue careers related to environmental public policy and Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate students who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy. Candidates must be nominated by Earlham. The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and be in the upper 25% of his/her class. In awarding scholarships, the Foundation considers the student’s field of study, career objectives, and commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his/her field.

Application Pool Description

Every year 80 scholars are chosen from a candidate pool of approximately 1,400 applications.

Eligibility Limitations

In the case of scholarships in the areas of tribal policy and health care, nominees must be Native American or Alaska Native. Earlham may nominate up to six individuals in a given year.

Award Description and Duration

Awards ranging to $5,000 are to be used toward tuition at the student’s home university.

Campus Requirements and Deadline

Complete internal application and submit to the Graduate Fellowship Committee by November 4.

Application Requirements and Deadline

600-word essay, nomination forms, three letters of recommendation, institutional endorsement, high school and college transcripts must be submitted by March 3. A pdf of a sample essay is available.



Typical Essay Questions

  • Describe an activity or experience that has been important in clarifying or strengthening your commitment to the environment, Native American health care, or tribal public policy.
  • In 600 words or less discuss a significant public speech, legislative act or public policy statement by Congressman Udall and its impact on your field of interest.


  • 1996 Jessica Bullen ’98, Geology