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Morris K. Udall Scholarship Program

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Morris K. Udall Foundation


To honor former Arizona Congressman Morris K. Udall through the operation of internship, scholarship, and fellowship programs, financed by a permanent trust fund endowment, to develop increased opportunities for young Americans to prepare for and pursue careers related to the environment and to Native Americans and Alaska Natives who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy. Assistance is intended for the use of scholars only.

Funding obligations:

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 08 $390,042; FY 09 est $417,500; FY 10 est $417,500

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Assistance is intended for the use of scholars only. Scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, books, room and board, or other specifically approved expenses. Payments may supplement, but not duplicate, benefits from other foundations, institutions, or organizations. Combined benefits from all sources may not exceed the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board as prescribed by the institution.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Not Applicable.

Program Accomplishments:

Not Applicable.

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

$2,000 to $5,000; average $4800. Honorable Mentions receive a one-time award of $350.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

A Udall scholar must matriculate full-time and remain in good academic standing. The Scholar's institution must confirm in writing the cost of attendance and that the Scholar is enrolled full-time and in good academic standing. Scholars are required to submit a payment request form containing information regarding living expenses and additional costs that may be covered. To be eligible to receive payments, a Udall Scholar must submit: 1. An acceptance of the scholarship; 2. An agreement to attend the Scholar Orientation in Tucson, Arizona in August; 3. A statement of eligible expenses, certified by a financial officer of the college or university, including those of tuition, fees, books, and room and board; 4. A completed Direct Deposit/EFT Enrollment form. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Scholars may receive up to $5,000 at the beginning of the fall semester or may receive a partial payment in the fall semester and another at the beginning of the spring semester. The number of payments to be made via direct deposit during the academic year will correspond to the number of semesters, trimesters or quarters in the institution's academic year and the amount of funds to be provided, not to exceed $5,000 in total.

Applicant Eligibility:

(1) College sophomores or juniors in the current academic year having outstanding potential and intending to pursue careers in the environment; and (2) Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year and have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in health care or tribal public policy may apply. Students must be properly nominated by accredited colleges or universities recognized by the Department of Education.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

U.S. citizens or nationals, college sophomores or juniors.

Award Procedure:

The Morris K. Udall Foundation will select individuals from the academic and professional community to serve as the Udall Review Committee. The Morris K. Udall Foundation staff will initially verify the contents of the nomination packets for completeness and then assemble the information for review by the Committee, that will meet at a designated location for one weekend to review and select 80 scholars and 50 honorable mention recipients. Students will be evaluated on the basis of: (a) Outstanding leadership capabilities, (b) academic excellence, (c) the appropriateness of student's plan of study to prepare for a career in the environment, health care, or tribal public policy, and (d) dedication to the values exemplified by Morris K. Udall during his career, i.e., civility, integrity, and consensus. The Review Committee has sole discretion in the selection of the 80 scholars.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Jane Curlin 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701 Email: Phone: 520-901-8565 Fax: 520-901-8567

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