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Posted: 4/30/2015

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce that 50 students from 43 colleges and universities have been selected as 2015 Udall Scholars. A 14-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Udall Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, American Indian health care, or tribal public policy; leadership potential; academic achievement; and record of public service. The review committee also awarded 49 Honorable Mentions.

An additional scholar was chosen as the 2015 CAP-Udall Scholar, for a total of 51 Scholars. The CAP-Udall Scholar is funded through a partnership with the Central Arizona Project, and must meet the rigorous requirements of the Udall scholarship in the tribal public policy category. In addition, the CAP-Udall Scholar must be a resident of Pima, Pinal, or Maricopa County; or, a citizen of a tribe that is located in one or more of those counties; or attending a college in one of those counties. Additional information on the 2015 CAP-Udall Scholar can be found here.

This highly qualified class of Udall Scholars was selected from 464 candidates nominated by 222 colleges and universities. Thirty-eight Scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Eight American Indian/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to tribal public policy; five American Indian/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to health care. Thanks to strong recruiting efforts from faculty advisors, professors, alumni, and partners, nominations in the Native Health Care and Tribal Public Policy categories increased 60% from 2014.

Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year. Since the first awards in 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,464 scholarships totaling $7,320,000.

The 2015 Udall Scholars will assemble August 5-9, 2015, 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 2015 Scholars.

Selected statistics on the 2014 competition

  • 464 eligible applicants were nominated for the Udall Scholarship this year
  • 407 students applied in the Environment category; 23 in Health Care; 34 in Tribal Public Policy
  • 461 applicants came from four-year institutions; five came from two-year colleges
  • 156 Sophomores; 311 Juniors
  • 30% self-identify as non-white
  • 222 institutions nominated students; ten schools nominated students for the first time; 46 colleges and universities nominated applicants to the Tribal Policy and Health Care categories
  • Nominees were from all 50 states and Guam

Scholar Statistics

  • 51 Scholars and 49 Honorable Mentions were selected
  • 38 Scholarships were awarded in the Environment category; five in Native American Health Care; and eight in Tribal Public Policy
  • Eight Sophomores; 43 Juniors
  • 45% self-identify as non-white
  • Two Scholars were also Scholars in 2014; two Scholars were Honorable Mentions in 2014; seven Scholars were nominated in 2014 (but were neither Scholars nor Honorable Mentions then)
  • 43 institutions have Scholars; six of those have Scholars for the first time; two of those nominated students for the first time ever; twelve have Scholars for the first time in three or more years
  • Tribal Public Policy and Health Care scholars are enrolled in twelve different tribes; five additional tribes have HMs
  • Scholars come from 31 states; an additional 13 states have Honorable Mentions

About the Udall Foundation
Established by Congress in 1992, the Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships and internships for study in fields related to the environment and to American Indians and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and tribal public policy; provides funding to the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and to the Native Nations Institute to conduct environmental policy research, research on American Indians and Alaska Native health care issues and tribal public policy issues, and training; 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 Paula Randler at 520-901-8564 or

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