Udall Fellowship

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation is authorized to award scholarships to undergraduate students who intend to pursue careers related to the environment.

Scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,000. Recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support.  Scholars selected during their sophomore year may be renominated during the next year's competition.

80 overall; Middlebury may nominate six candidates. 

Students must be nominated by Middlebury College. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students: 1) Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and intend to pursue careers in environmental public policy; and 2) Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and intend to pursue careers in health care or tribal public policy. Minimum of 3.0 GPA and be in top quarter of their class.

Read Guidance to Applicants on the Udall scholarship website and give thoughtful consideration to the development of your statements and essay.

Nomination application deadline is January 23 (noon), Udall final application deadline is in March.

To apply, you must be nominated. To be nominated, interested candidates must submit the following materials to fellowships@middlebury.edu by the internal deadline above.

  • Prepare an 800-word essay on a speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by either Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your interests and goals. 

  • Download and complete the six-page application on the Udall scholarship website:  www.udall.gov.  Note: Recommendation letters are not required until candidates secure college nomination.

  • A Middlebury advising transcript from BannerWeb, and copies of transcripts for any courses taken elsewhere, if grades do not appear on your Middlebury College transcript.

The Udall Selection Committee will determine which applications will receive a college nomination.


  1. Applicants who receive a college nomination will have the opportunity to revise the essay and other aspects of the application.
  2. Nominees must obtain three letters of recommendation; please discuss the selection of your recommenders with Dean Gates.
  3. Complete application submitted to the Fellowship Office.
  4. Nominations must be sent by the Fellowship Office, not directly by the student.
  5. Udall Scholars are required to attend the Scholars Orientation weekend in Tucson, AZ.

Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G

Udall Fellowship