In 2013, the foundation expects to award 80 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions on the basis of merit to sophomore and junior level college students. Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:
- To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment
- To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to public policy
- To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care
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 also seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education. For more information, go to www.udall.gov.
In order to apply for the Udall Scholarship, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a matriculated sophomore or junior-level student at a two-year or four-year institution of higher education, pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree during the 2012-2013 academic year. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who intends at least two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2013. "Junior" is defined as a student who intends at least one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2013. (Students may apply for funding in both their sophomore and junior years; 3rd time applicants, however, will not be eligible.)
- Be committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in 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. Likewise, students pursuing environmentally related careers do not need to be Native American, nor do they need todemonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or Native health.
- Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent.
- Be pursuing full-time study during the 2013-2014 academic year.
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.
Grinnell College's Nomination Process
Second- and third-year students who are interested in applying for one of Grinnell's six nominations for the Udall Scholarship must file a preliminary application to the Office of Social Commitment, 1233 Park St. by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Because the CRSSJ (1233 Park St.), which houses the Office of Social Commitment, is inaccessible to students with mobility disabilities, please contact soccom[at]grinnell[dot]edu if you would like to make alternative plans to submit your application materials. A preliminary application will consist of the following elements:
- A cover sheet that includes the applicant's name, email, mailing address (campus and home), phone number, class year, major, advisor, and country of citizenship.
- A one-page resume which details, among other qualifications, the applicant's commitment to topics related to the environment.
- An unofficial copy of the applicant's transcript.
- A two-page essay in which the applicant describes in more detail one or more of the following: a. why they are interested in a career related to the environment b. a leadership activity they have undertaken c. an experience which led them to be committed to the environment d. public service activities related to the environment e. future career plans
- A completed Scholarship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver
Students may, if they choose, submit a completed Udall Scholarship application instead of the documents listed above (however, all applicants must submit the permission form/waiver and an unofficial transcript). This requires more work, but does give student a jump-start on completing the national application. Please ensure that all documents submitted for Grinnell's on-campus nomination process comply with these guidelines.
All applicants are expected to adhere to these ethical guidelines.