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Posted: 4/28/2014

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce that 50 students from 47 colleges and universities have been selected as 2014 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 50 Honorable Mentions.

This highly qualified class of Udall Scholars was selected from 489 candidates nominated by 228 colleges and universities. Forty-one Scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Five American Indian/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to tribal public policy; four American Indian/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 1,414 scholarships totaling $7,070,000.

The 2014 Udall Scholars will assemble August 6-10, 2014, 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 2014 Udall Scholars and Honorable Mentions, visit For more information about the Udall Scholarship contact Paula Randler at (520) 901-8564 or

Selected statistics on the 2014 competition

  • 489 eligible applicants were nominated for the Udall Scholarship this year
  • 454 students applied in the Environment category; 15 in Health Care; 20 in Tribal Public Policy
  • 480 applicants came from four-year institutions; nine came from two-year colleges
  • 144 Sophomores; 345 Juniors
  • 25% self-identified as non-white
  • 228 institutions nominated students, and 11 schools had nominees for the first time
  • 47 states and Puerto Rico had nominees

Selected statistics on the 2014 Udall Scholars

  • 50 Scholars and 50 Honorable Mentions were selected
  • 41 Scholarships were awarded in the Environment category; four in Health Care; and five in Tribal Public Policy
  • Tribal public policy and health care Scholars are members of nine different tribes; four additional tribes have Honorable Mention awardees
  • Nine Sophomores; 41 Juniors
  • Two Scholars were also Scholars in 2013; three Scholars were Honorable Mentions in 2013; seven Scholars were nominees in 2013 (but were neither Scholars nor Honorable Mentions)
  • 30% self-identified as non-white
  • 47 institutions have Scholars, and nine of those have Scholars for the first time; eight have Scholars for the first time in three or more years
  • 31 states and Puerto Rico have Scholars; an additional 12 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.

For additional information about the Udall Foundation and its programs, please visit or contact Jane Curlin at 520-901-8565 or

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