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Posted: 4/8/2010


The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation is pleased to announce 80 students from 63 colleges and universities have been selected as 2010 Udall Scholars. A 14-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement. The review committee also awarded 50 Honorable Mentions.

“These students are the future environmental and tribal leaders of our world and the Udall Foundation is proud to help them advance their education," said Terrence L. Bracy, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Udall Foundation.

This highly qualified class of Udall Scholars was selected from a record 537 candidates nominated by 256 colleges and universities. Seventy Scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Six Native American/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers in tribal public policy; four Native American/Alaska Native scholars will study health care.

Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year. Honorable Mentions will receive a $350 award. This prestigious scholarship has generated 1,155 Udall Scholars since the first awards in 1996.

The 2010 Udall Scholars will assemble August 4-8, 2010, in Tucson, Arizona, to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.

For a listing of the 2010 Udall Scholars and Honorable Mentions and more information on the Foundation and related programs, visit or contact Mia Ibarra at (520) 901-8564 or

Selected statistics on the 2010 competition

  • 491 nominees were pursuing careers related to the environment
  • 22 nominees were Native American/Alaska Native and pursuing careers related to health care
  • 24 nominees were Native American/Alaska Native and pursuing careers related to tribal public policy
  • 19.6% of nominees identified themselves as belonging to an ethnic minority
  • 22 nominees were attending a two-year college

Selected statistics on the 2010 Udall Scholars

  • 63 are juniors at time of selection (and will be seniors at the time of the award)
  • 54 are women
  • 23 self-identify as Native American/Alaska Native, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, or African-American
  • Three Scholars attend a two-year college
  • 13 institutions have Udall Scholars for the first time this year

About the Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was established by Congress in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment, as well as to Native American students pursuing tribal policy or health care careers. The Udall Foundation also offers a doctoral fellowship in environmental policy or conflict resolution and operates a Native American Congressional Internship program each summer in Washington, D.C., placing top college, graduate, and law students in Senate and House offices, the Executive Office of the President, and Cabinet agencies, where they learn firsthand how federal policies on tribal issues are developed. In 1998, the Foundation grew to include the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, created by Congress as the federal government’s only program focused entirely on resolving federal environmental disputes.

For additional information, please contact Libby Washburn at 651.343.4660 or

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