University of Vermont

The Honors College

Udall Scholarships

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Program Information

The Udall Scholarship seeks to find and support undergraduate students from any ethnic group who demonstrate a commitment to improving or preserving the environment and to Native American undergraduates committed to a career in health care or tribal public policy. Students who...

  • Are current sophomores or juniors and have at least a 3.0 GPA...
  • Have a strong record of leadership and public service outside of the classroom...
  • Are committed to pursuing a career related to the environment...

...should strongly consider applying for a Udall Scholarship.

Award Amount

Udall Scholarships provide up to $5,000 in undergraduate scholarship support to U.S. sophomores and juniors.


To be eligible for the Udall Scholarship, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be committed to a career related to the environment, tribal public policy,* or Native American health care.*
  • Be a sophomore or junior-level student, pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Be pursuing full-time study during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.

Students pursuing environmentally related careers do not need to be Native American, nor do they need to demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or Native health.

*To apply for the Udall Scholarship in the fields of Tribal Public Policy or Native American health care (only Native Americans and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native American health care). Native American students studying tribal public policy or native health do not need to demonstrate commitment to the environment. For the purposes of the Scholarship Program, a Native American or Alaska Native is any individual who is:

  • A member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the tribe or band, including any tribe or band terminated since 1940 and any tribe recognized by the state in which the tribe or band resides;
  • A descendant in first or second degree of a member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the tribe or band, who can demonstrate affiliation with the tribal community according to criteria set by the Foundation;
  • Considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose; An Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native.

Native American and Alaska Native students in tribal public policy or health care must submit copies of relevant enrollment forms or descent documentation.

What makes a good Udall Application?

The Udall Foundation provides application advice for all students interested in applying for a Udall Scholarship. In addition, UVM's Office of Fellowships Advising can provide advice on constructing a strong application, and can provide copies of sample Udall essays.

Application Procedures

Students interested in competing in the Udall Scholarship competition must participate in the campus application process. The application is due to Aimee Hutton [Honors College, 50 University Heights; 656-4658;] at noon on the day of the internal deadline and is available online. All application materials, including transcripts, essays and letters of recommendation must be uploaded into the Udall Scholarship application form. To register for a Udall application, contact Aimee Hutton in the Office of Fellowships Advising.

After the Application is Submitted

The University of Vermont Fellowships Committee is allowed to nominate up to six UVM Students to participate in the national competition. These students will have time to revise their proposals before the national deadline in March.

In early April, the Udall Foundation announces the names of Udall Scholars and Honorable Mentions.

For More Information

Visit the official Udall Scholarship website.

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