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Posted: 5/3/2018

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce that 50 students from 42 colleges and universities have been selected as 2018 Udall Scholars. A 16-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Udall Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Native health care, or Tribal public policy; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement. The review committee also awarded 50 Honorable Mentions.

This highly qualified class of Udall Scholars was selected from 437 candidates nominated by 209 colleges and universities. Thirty-four Scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Ten Native American/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to Tribal public policy; six Native American/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to Native health care.

Each scholarship provides up to $7,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year. Since the first awards in 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,624 scholarships totaling $8,440,000.

The 2018 Udall Scholars will assemble August 7-12, in Tucson, Arizona, to meet one another and program alumni; learn more about the Udall legacy of public service; and interact with community leaders in environmental fields, Tribal health care, and governance.

Learn more about the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship and meet the 2018 Scholars.

Selected statistics on the 2018 competition

  • 437 eligible applicants were nominated for the Udall Scholarship this year
  • 355 students applied in the Environment category; 34 in Health Care; 48 in Tribal Public Policy
  • 433 applicants came from four-year institutions; four came from two-year colleges
  • 134 Sophomores; 303 Juniors
  • About 50% self-identified as non-white
  • 209 institutions nominated students; six schools nominated students for the first time
  • Nominees were from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam

Scholar Statistics

  • 50 Scholars and 50 Honorable Mentions were selected
  • 34 Scholarships were awarded in the Environmental category; six in Native American Health Care; and 10 in Tribal Public Policy
  • Tribal Public Policy and Health Care scholars are enrolled in 14 different Tribes; 13 additional Tribes have Honorable Mentions
  • Five Sophomores; 45 Juniors
  • 42 institutions have Scholars; six of those have Scholars for the first time; and 10 have Scholars for the first time in three or more years
  • Scholars come from 31 states and Guam

About the Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships, and internships for study in fields related to the environment and to Native Americans and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and Tribal public policy; connects youth from underserved communities to the Nation’s public lands and natural resources to foster greater understanding, appreciation, stewardship, and enjoyment of those lands and resources through photography, positive outdoor experiences, and environmental education through Parks in Focus®; provides funding to the Native Nations Institute for research, education, and outreach on Native American and Alaska Native health care issues and Tribal public policy issues; provides funding to the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy to conduct policy research and outreach on the environment and related themes; and provides assessment, mediation, training, and other related services through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

More Information

For more information about the Udall Foundation, please visit About us. For additional information about the Scholarship program, please contact Jane Curlin at 520-901-8565 or

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