Advice for the Application

Tips for All Students:

Work closely with your faculty representative (FacRep). Ask them for feedback on your short essay answers and essay.

Articulate a career "path" or field (though not necessarily a specific profession). Even if you don't know exactly what you want do do, be clear about what issues you want to work on and use the application to show readers how you're preparing yourself to make an impact.

Tell a cohesive "story" beginning with the career goal statement and supported by activities, research, jobs/internships, transcripts, letters, and the essay.

Use the short essay answers to demonstrate your commitment to environmental issues, tribal public policy, or Native health care.

Demonstrate a desire for problem-solving or consensus-building. Convince the readers that you're going to make a difference.

Illustrate your leadership potential. The readers will look for students who can motivate others, bring people together, take initiative, and implement practical solutions.

Request your transcripts well in advance. Remember that you'll also need to submit transcripts from any colleges or universities that you attended before your current school (except for courses taken during high school).

Briefly identify and explain any activities or honors that readers are unlikely to understand.

Alert the Foundation to any unusual circumstances or hardship that may have affected your academic performance or limited your activities.

Read widely among the speeches, legislation, and policy statements of Congressman Morris K. Udall or Secretary of Interior Stewart L. Udall. For the essay, choose a speech or piece of legislation that clearly relates to your interests and career goals.

Submit all necessary materials to your faculty representative by the campus deadline. Your faculty representative must submit your complete application to the Foundation by . Your campus will probably have an earlier deadline.

Tips for Students Applying in the Tribal Public Policy or Native Health Care Categories:

Clearly explain how you plan to use your education and experiences to benefit your tribe or Native Americans in general.

Demonstrate your involvement and interest in tribal communities. You may take your participation in cultural events, volunteer work, or other activities for granted, but all of these activities illustrate your commitment.

Ask for a letter from a tribal leader or professional who can attest to your involvement with your tribe or Native American organizations, in addition to letters from professors who can attest to your academic performance and professional potential.

Read carefully the eligibility and documentation requirements for applicants in these categories.

Ask alumni about the application process or about their experience as a Udall Scholar.


Questions about the application? Browse our Frequently Asked Questions and Insight from a Reader, ask your faculty representative, or Contact the Foundation.

For more application tips, read about one scholar's experience.

A complete application consists of:

  • The institutional nomination
  • An 11-question online application form
  • An 800-word essay
  • Current transcript
  • Other transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Copy of tribal enrollment card or other tribal verification (for applicants in tribal public policy and Native American health care)
  • Copy of Permanent Resident card and letter of intent to become a U.S. citizen (for U.S. permanent residents)

Please coordinate with your faculty representative to obtain access to the online application and submit all materials by your college or university deadline. The deadline for submission of the online application is March 4, 2015.