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Udall Foundation Announces 2022 Udall Scholars

Posted: 5/13/2022

The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (Udall Foundation) is pleased to announce that 55 students from 49 colleges and universities have been selected as 2022 Udall Scholars. A 20-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Udall Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Tribal public policy, or Native health care; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement. The review committee also awarded 55 Honorable Mentions.

This highly qualified class of Udall Scholars was selected from 382 candidates nominated by 181 colleges and universities. Thirty-seven Scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment; nine Native American/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to Tribal public policy; and nine Native American/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to Native health care.

Selected statistics on the 2022 competition

Applicant Statistics

  • 382 eligible applicants were nominated by their academic institution.
  • 315 students applied in the Environmental category; 34 in Tribal Public Policy; and 33 in Native Health Care.
  • 380 applicants came from four-year institutions; two came from two-year colleges.
  • 109 Sophomores; 273 Juniors.
  • Nearly 45% self-identified as non-white.
  • 181 institutions nominated students; three schools nominated students for the first time.
  • Nominees came from 49 states, one territory, and 43 Tribes and Alaska Native Villages.

Scholar Statistics

  • 55 Scholars and 55 Honorable Mentions were selected.
  • 37 Scholarships were awarded in the Environmental category; nine in Tribal Public Policy; and nine in Native Health Care.
  • 9 Sophomores; 46 Juniors.
  • About 63% self-identify as non-white.
  • Three Scholars were also Scholars in 2021; four Scholars were Honorable Mentions in 2021.
  • 49 institutions have Scholars; six of those have Scholars for the first time; and 15 have Scholars for the first time in three or more years.
  • Scholars come from 27 states, one territory, and 15 Tribes.

Each Scholarship provides $7,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year of academic study. Since the program’s inception in 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,843 Udall Scholarships totaling over $9.4 million and 1,224 Honorable Mentions.

The 2022 Udall Scholars will connect August 3-7 for the annual Udall Scholar Orientation to meet one another and program alumni; learn more about the Udall legacy of public service; and interact with community leaders in environmental fields, Tribal health care, and governance.

Learn more about the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship and meet the 2022 Scholars.

More Information
For more information about the Udall Foundation, please visit About us. For additional information about the Scholarship Program, please contact Jason Curley at (520) 901-8564 or

About the Udall Foundation
The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 as an independent executive branch agency to honor Morris K. Udall's lasting impact on this Nation’s environment, public lands, and natural resources, and his support of the rights and self-governance of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to also honor Stewart L. Udall for his half century of distinguished national leadership in environmental and Native American policy. The agency is known today as the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (Udall Foundation) and is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.

The Udall Foundation is authorized by Congress to:

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