A service of the University Honors Program for all KU undergraduates

Udall Scholarship

The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation awards 60 Udall Scholarships each year in three categories:

  • The Environment: U.S.-Citizen students of any ethnicity with a commitment to environmental and a good academic background are eligible for the scholarships in the environmental category.
  • Tribal Public Policy: Native American or Alaskan Native students who plan careers related to Tribal Public Policy.
  • Native Health Care: Native American or Alaskan Native students who plan careers related to Native Health Care.

Each scholarship provides $7,000 for undergraduate study to sophomores or juniors and participation in a Udall Scholarship Orientation in Tuscon, Arizona. The Orientation is a conference that gives all the new Udall Scholars the opportunity to network with each other and national leaders in their fields, attend educational workshops and information sessions, and learn more about the Udall legacy. Up to 50 students are also named Honorable Mention each year.

The KU nomination process uses the national application system. Contact Dr. Anne Wallen, Truman campus representative, by email at annewallen@ku.edu to get access to the application.Wallen 

18 KU students have been named Udall Scholars. The most recent were Ashlie Koehn and Jennifer Stern in 2015.


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Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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