Help Us Recruit

Thank you to all our faculty reps and scholarship alumni who invest their time, knowledge, and expertise to help the Udall Foundation recruit the next class of Udall Scholars. The resource materials on this page (right column) are intended to help you in your recruiting efforts.

Our priorities are to

  • Encourage more American Indian and Alaska Native students to apply for our tribal public policy and health care scholarships; and
  • Recruit students from diverse backgrounds, institutions, and majors to ensure a diverse scholar class.

How Alumni Can Help

Recommend Students
Contact Paula Randler with names and email addresses of college students who would be an asset to the Udall community. See Who Can Apply and Selection Process pages for selection and eligibility criteria.
Spread the Word
Post information to a listserv, blog, Facebook, etc., and share with potential applicants the ways in which you have benefitted from the Udall network. If you are attending a conference, share your experience as a Udall Scholar, distribute our materials, and contact us with names and emails of interested students.
Give an Information Session
Team up with a Udall faculty rep at a nearby university campus to share your experiences of Scholar Orientation and the Udall network with potential applicants. Find Udall faculty reps here. Use the sign-up sheet and resources on this page or contact Paula.

How Faculty Reps Can Help

Thank you to all the faculty reps who shared with us their best practices for recruiting Udall Scholarship applicants. Please note that the suggestions below are not comprehensive. More recruiting information is available at

General Best Practices
  • Call the education departments of American Indian and Alaska Native communities in your area.
  • Develop liaisons with staff at local community colleges that work with American Indian and Alaska Native students who might transfer to the university.
  • Connect with environmental service organizations to find out which students are doing interesting things.
  • When possible, invite a recent Udall Scholar (or ask the Foundation for names of local alumni) to speak at an information session or help you present to a club or class.
  • Recruit widely: Udall Scholars have come from unusual majors and departments, such as Africana Studies, Textiles, Magazines, etc.
  • Hang a poster in the multicultural center (ask Paula Randler if you need some).
Contact Students
  • Contact the presidents of the environmental or outdoor clubs and offer to speak to them about the Udall Scholarship.
  • Send targeted emails to American Indian and Alaska Native students.
  • Send a general email to all sophomores and juniors to find students in diverse majors.
  • Reach out to the American Indian Student Association.
  • Have the Institutional Analysis or Registrar's Office run a list of eligible students and send each one a personalized e-mail.
Contact Faculty
  • Contact faculty who teach courses in areas that the scholarship supports, such as environmental policy and American Indian studies. Offer to come to their classes to give a presentation.
  • Invite faculty to recommend students who should apply for the Udall Scholarship, and ask those students to a meeting or workshop to discuss the opportunity.
  • Contact faculty who conduct research in American Indian and Alaska Native health issues.
  • Target professors in the following departments and majors:
    • American Indian Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Architecture
    • Biological and Environmental Engineering
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Behavior
    • Environmental Management
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Natural Resources
    • Nursing
    • Public Health
    • Pre-Law
    • Social Work
Contact Staff
  • Contact the sustainability office or task force for names of students.
  • Cultivate relationships with student affairs and service learning centers to identify campus leaders and volunteers.
  • Build a collaborative relationship with staff at the American Indian Cultural Center (or other multicultural center), and ask them to identify students.