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.

More information on the Udall Fellowship.


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.

Number Offered

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:

  • Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and intend to pursue careers in environmental public policy.

  • 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 the top quarter of their class.


Nomination application deadline is noon on January 24, 2022; the Udall final application deadline is March 3, 2022.

Application Process

To prepare, read Guidance to Applicants on the Udall scholarship website and give thoughtful consideration to the development of your statements and essay.

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 sample application on the Udall scholarship website: www.udall.gov.

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

NoteRecommendation letters are not required until candidates secure college nomination.

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

Final Application Process

Candidates who receive a college nomination will be registered to complete the final application online.

  • Nominees will work with advisors to revise their essay and application materials for the final deadline.
  • Nominees must obtain three letters of recommendation; please discuss the selection of your recommenders with Dean Gates.
  • Udall Scholars are required to attend the Scholars Orientation weekend in Tucson, AZ.


Dean Lisa Gates, Library 225G OR

Chistopher McGrory Klyza, Professor Political Science and Environmental Studies
Franklin Hillcrest Environmental 206
(802) 443-5309

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research
Davis Family Library, Suite 225
Middlebury, VT 05753

(802) 443-3131