Udall Undergraduate Scholarship*

Initial Bowdoin Deadline: December 1, 2014 (noon)
Campus Interview: N/A
Final Bowdoin Deadline: February 6, 2015 (noon)
Letters of Recommendation: February 20, 2015 (noon)
Web site: www.udall.gov
Campus Contacts: Eileen Johnson, Environmental Studies Program Manager/GIS Analyst
Cindy Stocks, Director of Student Fellowships and Research

* Information derived from www.udall.gov


Please note: All applications received by the Initial Bowdoin Deadline will be reviewed by the selection committee; however under some extenuating circumstances, late applications may be accepted.

**Please see the website for the definitions of Native American and Alaska Native for the purposes of this scholarship program.

Description. The U.S. Congress established the Udall Foundation as an independent executive branch agency in 1992 to honor Morris K. Udall's 30 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to honor Stewart L. Udall and add his name to the Foundation. As set forth in the founding legislation, the purposes of the Foundation are to:

  • Increase the awareness of the importance of, and promote the benefit and enjoyment of, the nation's natural resources;
  • Foster a greater recognition and understanding of the role of the environment, public lands and resources in the development of the United States;
  • Identify critical environmental issues;
  • Develop resources to train professionals properly in environmental and related fields;
  • Provide educational outreach regarding environmental policy;
  • Develop resources to train Native American and Alaska Native professionals in health care and public policy;
  • Through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, provide assessment, mediation, and other related services to resolve environmental disputes involving federal agencies.

Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:

  • To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields; or
  • To Native American** and Alaska Native** students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities; or
  • To Native American** and Alaska Native** students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities, and other related fields.

The Foundation expects annually to award 50 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions to sophomore and junior-level college students.

Benefits. Udall Scholarships provide the Scholar up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses. Recipients also participate in a four-day Udall Scholars Orientation in Tucson, Arizona to meet with other Scholars, elected officials, and other environmental and tribal leaders. All Scholars will be required to attend this event in August. Travel from the Scholar's home or school, lodging, and meals will be provided by the Foundation. Lastly, Scholars benefit from access to an active and growing  alumni network of environmental, Native American health and tribal policy professionals through the Udall Alumni listserv.

Honorable Mentions receive access to the alumni network.

Eligibility. To be eligible, students must meet all of the following criteria:

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 to demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or Native health.

At the time of application, be a matriculated sophomore or junior-level student at a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education, pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree during the 2012-2013 academic year. (See "Who Can Apply" for more detailed information.)

Meet the following requirements:

  • Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent.
  • Be pursuing full-time study during the current academic year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.

Bowdoin’s Internal Selection Process. Since Bowdoin is allowed to nominate annually only six students in total regardless of category for the Udall Scholarship, the Committee will review the materials listed below to select Bowdoin’s six nominees. To be considered, applicants must notify Corey Colwill of their interest in applying so that Corey may register them in the Udall Foundation's online application system. Please note that the online application will be available after October 1.

By the “Initial Bowdoin Deadline” (see above), applicants must either (1) bring hard copies of the following materials to the Office Student Fellowships and Research or (2) electronically submit PDFs of the following items to Corey Colwill (ccolwill@bowdoin.edu). 

  • A completed draft of a Udall Undergraduate Scholarship application form, except for the 800 word essay and letters of recommendation. Do not submit the full essay or letters of recommendation at this stage in the application process.  (Through the Udall online application system, applicants can create a PDF of the application at any time, which can be emailed to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research.)
  • A very brief statement (no more than a half page) identifying a significant public speech, legislative act, or public policy statement by Congressman Udall and its impact on your field of study, interests, and career goals
  • The names of the three people who will be submitting letters of recommendation and their relationship to you
  • Unofficial academic history from Polaris
  • Current resume
  • Signed and witnessed "Permission Form and Waiver"

Please note that, while all applicants are expected to submit their application by the Initial Bowdoin Deadline for review  by the selection committee, under some extenuating circumstances late applications may be accepted.  Please contact Eileen Johnson or Cindy Stocks for more information.

Materials for the Final Application. If you receive Bowdoin’s nomination, it is your responsibility to continue revising and collecting your materials and to inform your recommenders of the relevant deadlines.

By the Final Bowdoin Deadline (see above), Bowdoin's nominees must submit an online Udall application which consists of:

  • An institutional nomination form from your faculty representative;
  • An 11-question application form;
  • An 800-word essay on a speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by either Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your interests and goals;
  • A current college transcript and transcripts for other colleges attended (unofficial is fine);
  • Three letters of recommendation.

More on the selection process.  Applicants are notified of their final status during the later part of March. 

margaret lindeman

Margaret Lindeman '15
An earth and oceanographic science and mathematics double major, Margaret has received numerous academic honors from Bowdoin and beyond. Margaret is particularly interested in climate change science and, through her leadership positions with Green Bowdoin Alliance and Climate Awareness Movement Group, she is already working to educate the Bowdoin community. Margaret believes that all strategies and policies to address sea level rise must be based on reliable scientific data, and the Udall Scholarship recognizes her potential to be a leader in the environmental field. Margaret plans to pursue a Ph.D. and enter academia.


Erica BerryErica Berry '14
As an English and environmental studies coordinate major, Erica is interested in applying her passion for narrative to environmental issues, believing that storytelling can teach where science fact alone falls short. She is an Editor-in-Chief of the Bowdoin Orient  2013-14, and has interned in media for the environmental nonprofit Oceana. The Udall Scholarship recognizes Erica's environmental leadership and commitment thus far, and endorses her vision for how journalism can broaden discourse about the intersections between man and environment. (Read More)

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