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Posted: 4/1/2011

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce 80 students from 61 colleges and universities have been selected as 2011 Udall Scholars. A 14-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement. The review committee also awarded 50 Honorable Mentions.

"This impressive Scholars class represents the best and brightest; they are the future environmental and tribal leaders in this country. The Udall Foundation is thrilled to help them advance their education," said Terrence L. Bracy, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Udall Foundation.

This highly qualified class of Udall Scholars was selected from 510 candidates nominated by 231 colleges and universities. Seventy Scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Five Native American/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers in tribal public policy; five Native American/Alaska Native scholars will study health care.

Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year. Honorable Mentions will receive a $350 award. Since the first awards in 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,234 scholarships.

The 2011 Udall Scholars will assemble August 3-7, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.

For a listing of the 2011 Udall Scholars and Honorable Mentions and more information on the Foundation and related programs, visit or contact Mia Ibarra at (520) 901-8564 or

Selected statistics on the 2011 competition

  • 467 students applied in the Environment category; 22 in Health Care; 21 in Tribal Public Policy
  • 495 applicants came from 4-year institutions; 15 came from 2-year colleges
  • 182 Sophomore; 328 Junior
  • 41 states had nominees

Selected statistics on the 2011 Udall Scholars

  • 76 Scholars come from 4-year institutions; 4 come from 2-year colleges
  • 27 Sophomore; 53 Junior
  • 3 repeat Scholars; 3 Scholars who were Honorable Mentions in 2010; 13 Scholars who were nominees in 2010
  • 19 schools had nominees for the first time (2 of those have Scholars)
  • 35 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 Native American students pursuing tribal policy or health care careers. The Udall Foundation also offers a doctoral fellowship in environmental policy or conflict resolution and operates a Native American Congressional Internship program each summer in Washington, D.C., placing top college, graduate, and law students in Senate and House offices, the Executive Office of the President, and Cabinet agencies, where they learn firsthand how federal policies on tribal issues are developed. 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.


For additional information, please contact Libby Washburn at 651.343.4660 or

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