Udall Scholarships for Environmental Studies

Take a look at the attached Udall Scholarship information for sophomore and junior students with a 3.5 GPA or above who are
o   active in environmental concerns OR
o   Native American and involved with tribal policy or health.

The campus deadline for Georgia Tech applicants this year is January 15.

See below for details:

Udall Scholarships are for undergraduates who demonstrate commitment to environmental resource issues OR who demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or Native American health care. Commitment is demonstrated through substantial contributions to one or more of the following: campus activities, environmental research, community or public service, or tribal involvement.

Applicants should plan a career that will make significant contributions to shaping environmental or tribal public policy through areas such as scientific advances, public or political service, or community action. Applicants should demonstrate leadership, character, and previous activities aimed at making a difference in environmental concerns.

Note: Nominees in the categories of tribal public policy OR Native American health care must be Native American or Alaska Native.

Scholarship Benefits
•    Up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses.
•    Four-day Udall Scholars Orientation in Tucson, Arizona to meet with other Scholars, elected officials, environmental and tribal leaders. Travel from the Scholar’s home or school, lodging, and meals will be provided by the Foundation.
•    Access to a network of environmental and Native American health and tribal policy professionals through the Udall Alumni listserv.

Who Can Apply?
Each nominee must
•    Be a matriculated sophomore or junior
•    Be committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in tribal public policy OR Native American health care (only Native Americans and Alaska Natives* are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native American health care). Native American students studying tribal public policy or native health do not need to demonstrate commitment to the environment. Likewise, students pursuing environmentally related careers do not need to be Native American, nor do they need to demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or Native health.
•    Have a college grade-point average of at least a “B” or the equivalent.
•    Be pursuing full-time study during the next academic year.
•    Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.

How to Apply

The Faculty Representative
Students are nominated by their university’s faculty representative, and each university may nominate up to six candidates for the Udall Scholarship.

Georgia Tech’s campus deadline for Udall applications is in mid-January.
Contact: Dr. Karen Adams, karen.adams@provost.gatech.edu

The Nomination Materials
The following items are required for each nominee:
•    A completed, signed Udall Scholarship Application– http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspx ;
•    An 800-word essay;
•    A current official college transcript and transcripts for other colleges attended;
•    Three letters of recommendation.

Preparation of Materials
•    Work closely with your Udall Faculty Representative.
•    Use questions 2, 4, 5, 6, & 7 on the application to reveal your values, interests, and motivation to pursue a career related to the environment or tribal public policy or health care.
•    Briefly identify and explain any activities or honors that readers are unlikely to understand.
•    Alert the Foundation to any unusual circumstances or hardship that may have affected your academic performance or limited your activities.
•    Research Congressman Udall’s life and legacy. For the essay, choose a speech or piece of legislation that clearly relates to your interests and career goals.
•    Limit your answers to the space provided on the application. Do not recreate the application, alter the format, or attach additional pages. Altered or recreated applications and attachments will be deemed ineligible and will not be evaluated by the selection committee.
•    Be sure that your application is easy to read and free of grammatical and typographical errors. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.
•    Submit all necessary materials to the Georgia Tech faculty representative by mid-January. The Foundation must receive the complete application and nomination by March.

For advice on preparing competitive applications, contact
Dr. Karen Adams: karen.adams@provost.gatech.edu

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