The Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation awards 50 undergraduate scholarships to sophomores and juniors preparing for careers related to the environment, Native American health care, or tribal public policy.


  • Candidates must be sophomores or juniors at an accredited institution. ("Sophomore" is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning the next academic year. A "junior" has one more year.)
  • Students should have a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Candidates must study the environment and related fields, Native American health care, or tribal public policy. Candidates studying the latter two fields must be Native American or Alaska Native.
  • A candidate must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or U.S. national.

How to apply

  • The application is available online.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a Nominee Information Form (which includes several mini-essays), and an essay discussing a significant public speech, legislative act, or public policy statement by Morris or Stewart Udall and its impact on the nominee's field of interest and career goals.
  • Applicants must agree to attend a mandatory Scholar Orientation weekend in August 2017, if awarded a scholarship.
  • Applicants may not apply directly to the Udall Scholarship Foundation but must apply through Barb Stedman, director of national and international scholarships. Contact her at least six weeks before the campus deadline--preferably earlier. Students should call 765-285-1024 to schedule an appointment or e-mail with questions.

Udall application guidance for Ball State students

  • Click to access an application packet prepared specifically for Ball State students who apply for a Udall scholarship. It contains tips on creating the best application possible, a timeline and checklist, advice on getting strong letters of recommendation, and links to sample essays.
  • You will need to enter your Ball State username and password to gain access.


  • The deadline for the 2018 competition is March 8, 2018. All materials must be received by the national deadline.
  • The campus deadline for submission of all materials is February 7, 2018.

Duration and amount

  • Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of support per application year.
  • Each scholar receives up to $7,000, or the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, whichever is less.