Udall Scholarship


Two students outside by a stream collecting water samples

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 the environment 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 Udall Scholarship Orientation in Tucson, 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 The Office of Fellowships at fellowships@ku.edu to gain access to the application.

The KU campus deadline for students in the environmental category is early January.

Twenty KU students have been named Udall Scholars. The most recent were Ashlie Koehn and Jennifer Stern in 2015, Tomas Green in 2017, and Tracey Funk in 2018. Laura Phillips was named an Honorable Mention in 2020.