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Posted: 4/28/2016

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce that 60 students from 49 colleges and universities have been selected as 2016 Udall Scholars. A 15-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Udall Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, American Indian health care, or tribal public policy; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement. The review committee also awarded 51 Honorable Mentions.

This highly qualified class of Udall Scholars was selected from 482 candidates nominated by 227 colleges and universities. Forty Scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Fifteen American Indian/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to tribal public policy; five American Indian/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to health care. Thanks to strong recruiting efforts from faculty advisors, professors, alumni, and partners, nominations in the Native Health Care and Tribal Public Policy categories increased 67.8% from 2015.

Each scholarship provides up to $7,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year. Since the first awards in 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,524 scholarships totaling $7,740,000.

The 2016 Udall Scholars will assemble August 9-14, 2016, in Tucson, Arizona, 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 2016 Scholars.

Selected statistics on the 2016 competition

  • 482 eligible applicants were nominated for the Udall Scholarship this year
  • 398 students applied in the Environment category; 33 in Health Care; 51 in Tribal Public Policy
  • 472 applicants came from four-year institutions; 10 came from two-year colleges
  • 159 Sophomores; 323 Juniors
  • 34% self-identify as non-white
  • 227 institutions nominated students; nine schools nominated students for the first time; 63 colleges and universities nominated applicants to the Tribal Policy and Health Care categories
  • Nominees were from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico

Scholar Statistics

  • 60 Scholars and 51 Honorable Mentions were selected
  • 40 Scholarships were awarded in the Environment category; five in Native American Health Care; and 15 in Tribal Public Policy
  • 14 Sophomores; 46 Juniors
  • 48% self-identify as non-white
  • Three Scholars were also Scholars in 2015; five Scholars were Honorable Mentions in 2015; 10 Scholars were nominated in 2015 (but were neither Scholars nor Honorable Mentions then)
  • 49 institutions have Scholars; four of those have Scholars for the first time; 16 have Scholars for the first time in three or more years
  • Tribal Public Policy and Health Care scholars are enrolled in 20 different tribes; seven additional tribes have Honorable Mentions
  • Scholars come from 35 states; 33 states have Honorable Mentions

About the Udall Foundation
Established by Congress in 1992, the Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships and internships for study in fields related to the environment and to American Indians and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and tribal public policy; provides funding to the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and to the Native Nations Institute to conduct environmental policy research, research on American Indian and Alaska Native health care issues and tribal public policy issues, and training; and provides assessment, mediation, training and other related services through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

More Information
For more information about the Udall Foundation, please visit About us. For additional information about the Scholarship program, please contact Kellcee Baker at 520-901-8564 or

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