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Udall Scholarship

Who Can Apply: US Citizens, nationals and permanent residents – Sophomores, Juniors – GPA of 3.0 or higher – All Majors

IMPORTANT: All candidates for Udall Scholarships must be nominated by their college or university. Please contact Dr. Leslie Brice for information about the University of Maryland nomination process and required materials.

Description: The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation regularly awards 60 scholarships in addition to honorable mentions on the basis of merit to sophomore and junior level college students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment. Udall Scholars take part in a four-day Orientation in Tucson, Arizona where they meet with other Scholars, elected officials and environmental leaders. Scholars also gain access to a network of environmental policy professionals through the Udall Alumni listserv.

Because contributions to the environment can be made in many different ways, Udall Scholars represent a broad range of academic majors and career interests. Recent Udall Scholars have majored in environmental sciences and policy studies, agriculture, political science, natural resource management, sociology, anthropology, American Indian studies, tribal public policy, history, English, theater, landscape architecture, and public health, to name just a few areas.

Award Amount: The Udall Scholarship provides up to $7,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses. Udall Scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, books, room and board, or other specifically approved expenses.

Duration: The Udall Scholarship provides one year of support. Sophomores who receive a Udall Scholarship are eligible to reapply for a second year of support.

UMCP Campus Deadline: January 19, 2022 – All Maryland applicants for nomination to the Udall Scholarship competition must turn in their applications to the National Scholarships Office, 2403 Marie Mount Hall, by this date. All interested applicants are encouraged to be contact with our office well before the campus deadline.

National Deadline: March 2, 2023

Program Preferences: Scholars are selected on the basis of:

  • Their demonstrated commitment to environmental or natural resource issues; Commitment is demonstrated through substantial contributions to and participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, research, community or public service.
  • Their pursuit of a course of study and proposed career likely to lead to a position where the nominee can make significant contributions to the shaping of environmental issues, whether through scientific advances, public or political service, or community action.
  • Their leadership, character, desire to make a difference, and general well-roundedness.
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