Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Honors College

National Scholarship Office

Udall Scholarship


The Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship is for students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment.

About Morris K. Udall

Morris King Udall was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1961 and served for three decades. He served as chairman of what is now the Committee on Resources for more than ten years and was one of the most creative and productive legislators of the 20th Century. His love of the environment resulted in numerous pieces of legislation moving through Congress, including the Alaska Lands Act of 1980, which doubled the size of the national park system and tripled the size of the national wilderness system. Udall’s sense of humor, civility and a strong bipartisan spirit led him to distinguish between political opponents and enemies. One of his closest longtime friends was the rock of Republican conservatism, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater.

About the scholarship

The foundation awards approximately 80 scholarships and 50 honorable mentions on the basis of merit to sophomore- and junior-level college students. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice and economics.


To qualify for the Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a matriculated sophomore- or junior-level student at a two- or four-year institution of higher education, pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree. A sophomore is defined as a student who intends to complete at least two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning in the fall, while a junior is defined as a student with at least one more year of study. Students may apply for funding in both their sophomore and junior years; however, third-time applicants are not eligible.
  • Committed to a career related to the environment.
  • Have a college GPA of at least a B, or the equivalent.
  • Pursuing full-time study.
  • A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.

Scholarship benefits

  • Up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board and other educational expenses.
  • Four-day Udall scholars orientation in Tucson, Ariz. to meet with other scholars, elected officials, and environmental and tribal leaders. All scholars are required to attend this event. Travel from the scholar’s home or school, lodging and meals will be provided by the foundation.
  • Access to a network of environmental Native American health and tribal policy professionals through the Udall alumni listserv.


The deadline for the university is Jan. 16, 2008. The scholarship deadline is March 4, 2008.


Jeff Wing, Director, National Scholarship Office
701 West Grace Street, Room 1410
P.O. Box 843010
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3010
Phone: (804) 828-1803
Fax: (804) 827-1669