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1. SNAPSHOT

The Udall Scholarship is for those with the commitment and potential to preserve and improve the ENVIRONMENT. Smith may nominate up to six applicants. Sophomores may win again as juniors. 75 nominees awarded $5000 for junior or senior year. SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS APPLY. Begin spring semester. The Udall Scholarship for NATIVE AMERICANS and ALASKAN NATIVES is for sophomores and juniors studying in fields related to health care and tribal policy.

2. OUTLINE

Commitment & Potential to Improve or Preserve the Environment The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation was founded by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Morris King Udall for his legacy of public service.
  • OPEN TO outstanding SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS with a GPA of 3.5/+ studying in fields ENVIRONMENT-related: Anthropology, biology, cultural studies, environment, geography, history, natural sciences, pre-law, political science, public policy, sociology, etc.
  • There is no need to be pursuing a major, or even minor, in environmental science or environmental studies to be competitive. But you do need to demonstrate a commitment to the environment.
  • 75 nominees awarded up to $5,000 in April for following JUNIOR or SENIOR YEAR. Sophomores may reapply as juniors. About 77 awards in 2002 out of about 450 applicants = 17% chance or 1 in 6.
  • The award can be used for Study Abroad provided the program is through Smith (a Smith-approved program) and degree credits are earned. There are no restrictions on the length of the program abroad or when it is held, provided the award is used during the junior or senior year, or for junior- or senior-year credits (i.e. during J-term or the summer). Awards for junior year cannot be used in senior year.
  • Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident nominated by Smith who may nominate up to SIX nominees.
Confirm eligibility on http://www.udall.gov. Use the PDF fillable format for all nomination forms, 11 point font size.

The most advantageous time to register for a fellowship is in the spring, starting mid February. Statistics show that those who register earlier fare far better. The deadline to register for the Udall is the end of September. Petitions to register later may be considered from students who show exceptional promise to be successful in fellowships competitions.

The essay is also critical and should involve not only an analysis of one of Udall's speeches or legislative pieces, but also a well-reasoned description of how this work fits into your particular field of interest or career goals. For example, if your interests are in soil erosion, don't pick something Udall wrote on spotted owls. Dig deep for the essay topic (i.e. don't pick the first thing that that pops up on a web-search, because many others are likely to do the same). Originality draws interest. No project proposal is required.

References are preferred from professors, or employers from an environmentally relevant job.

Ask about the Udall scholarship for Native American & Alaskan Natives

For sophomores, juniors in fields related to health care, tribal public policy, tourism, environment.

For Udall application strategies from past winners, look at the Live to Learn Fellowships Resource link here.

3. OTHER DESCRIPTION

The Foundation will award approximately 75 scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Morris K. Udall Scholars. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students: Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and who study the environment and related fields.

Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and are in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. Two-year and four-year institutions are eligible to nominate a total of six students from either or both categories, although it is recommended that the total be equally divided between them. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official nomination materials provided to each institution. Each scholar receives up to $5,000, or the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, whichever is less. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support per application year. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Scholars selected during their sophomore year may be renominated during the next year's competition. Junior nominees may not be renominated. Freshmen are not eligible.

Website: http://www.udall.gov

4. ELIGIBILITY

WHEN TO BEGIN WHICH BY SCHOOL YEAR
  • Sophomores Start Application after Spring Break
  • See tips on writing an effective resume
  • ADD expanded section listing every "public" service, community involvement of any and all kinds.
(POST-)GRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
Undergraduate fellowship

DOMESTIC & FOREIGN, or FELLOWSHIPS ABROAD
Domestic and Foreign Fellowship (use at Smith or anywhere for Smith-approved credit courses)

WHERE IN THE WORLD TO USE
International Fellowship (use at Smith or anywhere for Smith-approved credit courses)

GPA AND RELATED MINIMUMS
  • Cumulative GPA and Related Minimum-Level Academic Requirements
  • 3.8 minimum to survive first cut
  • (Community involvement, contribution to society, leadership or initiative, all count as much as grade level. Fellowships = character, not intellectualism alone.)
CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS
U.S. citizens & permanent residents only

AGE, SCHOOL-YEAR, OTHER RESTRICTIONS
Only sophomores and juniors in application year, environment-related

DURATION OF FELLOWSHIP, AMOUNT OF AWARD
$5,000 toward college tuition. Can also be used toward for-credit summer program.

CHANCE OF AWARD: ODDS FOR EACH COMPETITION
  • 17% or 1 in 6 chance for the up to six Smith nominees
  • With fellowships requiring Smith nomination, there is first a competition on campus to be nominated. With up to six nominees, Udall nomination has been a virtual certainty for all qualified candidates.
  • It is suggested that sophomores and juniors applying for fellowships also work with the CDO in order to have alternate vision strategies in place that include applying for more fellowships! Contact them at x2570 or x2582.
  • Much material prepared for one fellowship application can be modified to fit another.
HOW SMITHIES HAVE FARED IN COMPETITIONS
1 fellow out of 5 applicants in 2003 = 20%, 1.2 times better than the 17% national average.

COMPETITION CRITERIA IN JUDGING CANDIDATES
How the Foundations Evaluate and Rate Candidates, What They Seek in Candidates & How You are Judged, Plus Other Vital Criteria Considered by the Foundations (PLEASE ALSO CONSULT THE NOTES IN THIS CATEGORY SECTION)

Udall's rating form contains the following five categories for applicant evaluation:

  • Commitment to Improving or Preserving the Environment, or commitment to Health Care or Tribal Public Policy
    • demonstrated commitment
    • student's own statements
    • comments by recommenders
    • career goals
  • Academic Achievements
    • GPA
    • rigor of coursework
    • honors and awards
    • educational goals
  • Essay
    • content
    • quality of writing
    • critical analysis
    • relevance to career/educational goals
  • Personal Characteristics
    • references
    • volunteerism
    • activism/public service
    • well-rounded
  • Discretionary Points
    • Sometimes awarded for overcoming adversity, balancing family and/or work responsibilities, or extraordinary achievement.
FORMAL APPLICATION YEAR & TIME OF YEAR
  • Formal Application Year (Fall Term) Juniors & Sophomores
  • Late Fall Fellowship (due on campus early December)
J-TERM GRADUATE ELIGIBILITY
  • Applications open to students who are sophomores and juniors during the spring semester of the final application closing date (in February) for use the following year.
  • Sophomore here means two more years study from beginning of next academic year.
  • Junior here means one more year study from beginning of next academic year. Therefore a "J term" sophomore is eligible within the "junior" stipulations but a "J term" junior cannot apply because she does not have before graduation one more full year of study from the beginning of the next academic year.
  • Check website &/or email foundation for rule variations, changes before ruling yourself in or out.
LEVEL OF SMITH COLLEGE SPONSORSHIP
Nominee Allocation (up to SIX)

REAPPLYING FOR FELLOWSHIPS
Sophomores who do or do not win can be nominated again as juniors. Juniors may not be renominated.

DEFERRING FELLOWSHIPS
Confirm your specific situation directly with sponsoring foundation or fellowship administrators Udall Cannot normally be deferred since these are funds awarded to help pay for school or credit programs.

 5. WEBSITE
     http://www.udall.gov/