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Posted: 3/27/2013

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce that 50 students from 43 colleges and universities have been selected as 2013 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, Native American health care, or tribal public policy; leadership potential; academic achievement; and record of public service. The review committee also awarded 50 Honorable Mentions.

This highly qualified class of Udall Scholars was selected from 488 candidates nominated by 230 colleges and universities. Forty-two Scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Four Native American/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to tribal public policy; four Native American/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to health care.

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 1,364 scholarships totaling $6,820,000.

The 2013 Udall Scholars will assemble August 7-11, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz., to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.

For a listing of the 2013 Udall Scholars and Honorable Mentions and more information on the Foundation and related programs, visit or contact Paula Randler at (520) 901-8564 or

Selected statistics on the 2013 competition

  • 488 eligible applicants were nominated for the Udall Scholarship this year
  • 446 students applied in the Environment category; 24 in Health Care; 18 in Tribal Public Policy
  • 480 applicants came from four-year institutions; eight came from two-year colleges
  • 148 Sophomores; 340 Juniors
  • 25% self-identified as non-white
  • 230 institutions nominated students, and 11 schools had nominees for the first time
  • 49 states had nominees

Selected statistics on the 2013 Udall Scholars

  • 50 Scholars and 50 Honorable Mentions were selected
  • 42 Scholarships were awarded in the Environment category; four in Health Care; and four in Tribal Public Policy
  • Tribal public policy and health care Scholars are members of six different tribes
  • 48 Scholars come from four-year institutions; two come from two-year colleges
  • Five Sophomores; 45 Juniors
  • Three Scholars were also Scholars in 2012; four Scholars were Honorable Mentions in 2012; 11 Scholars were nominees in 2012 (but were neither Scholars nor Honorable Mentions)
  • 38% self-identified as non-white
  • 43 institutions have Scholars, and six of those have Scholars for the first time; six have Scholars for the first time in three or more years
  • 36 states have Scholars

About the Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was established by Congress in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment, as well as to American Indian students pursuing tribal public policy or health care careers. In 1998, the Foundation grew to include the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, created by Congress as the federal government’s only program focused entirely on resolving federal environmental disputes. The Foundation also operates the Parks in Focus program, connecting underserved youth to nature through photography.

For additional information, please contact Jane Curlin at 520-901-8565 or

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