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Morris K. Udall Scholarship

university fellowships committee

Sophomores and Juniors may apply.

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship was established by the U.S. Congress to honor former Congressman Udall and his legacy of public service. The scholarships are for undergraduates who intend to pursue careers related to environmental public policy, and for Native American and Alaskan Native students who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy. A total of 55 scholarships are awarded each year, to college sophomores and juniors. Boston College may nominate up to six students each year for the Udall competition. Each scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $5,000.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be enrolled as a Sophomore or Junior;
  • have an academic average of at least a B (3.0 GPA) and be in the upper quartile
    of their class;
  • be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.

The application requires:

  • a résumé;
  • a statement about the student's intent to enter an eligible career and how the student's educational plans will provide preparation for that career;
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • a 600-word essay.

All candidates must be nominated by the Boston College Udall Nominating Committee.

Application materials are available from the Boston College Campus Coordinator for the Udall Scholarship in September. The application deadline is March 1. The Udall Scholarship winners are announced in May.

To be competitive, interested students should contact the BC Campus Coordinator for the Udall during the Spring semester of their Sophomore year, to begin preparing their applications.

If you would like additional information about the scholarship and the application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation web site.