Udall Scholarship

Layton Lamsam,  2013 Udall Scholar


The Udall Scholarship is for juniors and sophomores 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 in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.

  • Campus Deadline: extended to Thursday, 14 January 2016, 3PM (PST)
  • Application Workshop: Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 4:00-5:00pm, Sweet Hall Room 118
  • Award:  Up to $7,000, or the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board, whichever is less for one year of support per application year
  • Campus liaison: Dr Katie Wang (Undergraduate Advising and Research)
  • More information at: The Udall Scholarship national website

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nomination by Stanford through Undergraduate Advising and Research
  • Be a current 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
  • Have a GPA of “B” or above
  • Be enrolled full-time at Stanford during 2015-16 year

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

How to Apply

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

  1. Register with UAR to participate in the campus competition. Registration enables UAR to track all interested applicants long-term. There are just a few short responses required.
  2. Email vpue-fellowships@stanford.edu to acquire your unique login to Udall website. You will need to access the online Udall application form to complete all your application responses in the required format.
  3. Consult with Udall campus advisors 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. Submit the following materials to the UAR front desk on the first floor in Sweet Hall by the campus deadline:
    • Download a complete, signed version of your Udall application form; make five copies.
    • Five copies of the 800-word signed essay.
    • Request an electronic version of all official college transcript(s) to be sent to vpue-fellowships@stanford.edu. If you can only obtain hard copies of a transcript, submit one original and five copies.
    • Three letters of recommendation (original only, additional copies not necessary).
      • it is recommended that you confer with the Udall campus liaison before finalizing your choices for recommendations
      • begin this process early to allow for creation and submission of letter by deadline
      • letters may be sent electronically from the writer to vpue-fellowships@stanford.edu or in sealed hardcopy form to Sweet Hall, First Floor, Attn. Fellowships
      • review Tips for Soliciting Letters of Recommendation
  6. Sign the "Fellowship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver" at the front desk to complete the submission process

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

Selection Process

A committee of UAR staff and faculty will review applications and select the campus nominees.

Additional Resources

You are strongly encouraged to consult with your faculty mentors about the application, and with UAR advisors who have experience with this competition. To schedule an appointment with the Udall campus liaison, visit here.