Morris K. Udall Scholarship Program

To honor former Arizona Congressman Morris K.

Udall through the operation of internship, scholarship, and fellowship programs, financed by a permanent trust fund endowment, to develop increased opportunities for young Americans to prepare for and pursue careers related to the environment and to
Native Americans and Alaska Natives who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy.

Assistance is intended for the use of scholars only.

Agency - Morris K. Udall Foundation

Office - Contact: Christopher L.

Helms, Executive Director, 130 S.

Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701.

Telephone: (520) 901-8500.

FAX (520) 670-5530; or Melissa Millage, Program Manager.

Telephone: (520) 901-8562.

FAX (520) 670-5530.
Website Address

http://www.udall.gov



Program Accomplishments

As of fiscal year 2007, 914 scholarships were awarded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance is intended for the use of scholars only.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

(1) College sophomores or juniors in the current academic year having outstanding potential and intending to pursue careers in the environment; and (2) Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year and have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in health care or tribal public policy may apply.

Students must be properly nominated by accredited colleges or universities recognized by the Department of Education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. citizens or nationals, college sophomores, or juniors will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must be a matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education at the time of nomination. "Sophomore" is defined as a student planning two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning the next academic year. Students in two-year colleges planning to transfer to a baccalaureate program at another institution may be nominated. "Junior" is defined as a student who plans one more year of full-time under-graduate study beginning the next academic year. Student must have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent). Students must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Each August, the presidents of two and four year institutions are invited to appoint a Udall Scholarship faculty representative to manage the selection and nomination of up to six students for the forthcoming year's Udall Scholarships.

The standard nomination forms with instructions will be provided to the designated faculty representatives of all such institutions whose presidents or chancellors inform the Foundation of their intent to participate.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

The faculty representative of an institution is the key person in the Udall Scholarship selection process and serves as liaison between his/her institution and the Foundation. The faculty representative is responsible for publicizing the Udall Scholarships on campus, soliciting recommendations of students with significant commitment to the environment and outstanding Native American and Alaska Native students that demonstrate a commitment to pursue a career related to health care or tribal public policy from members of the faculty; establishing the process to select the best qualified candidates to be nominated; helping nominees prepare for the competition; and ensuring that the institutions nominations are complete and are forwarded to the Udall Scholarship Review Committee by the stated deadline. The following information on the official nominating materials, must be included with each scholarship nomination: (1) Institutional Nomination Form that verifies the nominee's eligibility and formally transmits the nomination to the Review Committee. This document must be completed and signed by the faculty representative or the nomination cannot be considered; (2) Nominee Information Form that affirms the nominee's wish to be considered for the scholarship; provides biographical information about the nominee's background, interests and plans, and provides a statement about the nominee's intent to enter an eligible career and specifies how the student's educational plans will provide preparation for that career; (3) nominee's essay of 800 words or less analyzing a speech or piece of legislation of Congressman Udall's and how it relates to the nominee's interests and career goals; (4) three Independent Evaluation of Nominee forms. The nominee must secure letters of recommendation from a current or recent faculty member that can discuss the nominee's potential for a career in the environment, health care, or tribal public policy; a current or recent faculty member in the nominee's field of study; and another individual that can attest to the nominee's potential; and (5) transcript of the nominee's college grades.

Award Procedures

The Morris K. Udall Foundation will select individuals from the academic and professional community to serve as the Udall Review Committee. The Morris K. Udall Foundation staff will initially verify the contents of the nomination packets for completeness and then assemble the information for review by the Committee, that will meet at a designated location for one weekend to review and select 80 scholars and 50 honorable mention recipients. Students will be evaluated on the basis of: (a) Outstanding leadership capabilities, (b) academic excellence, (c) the appropriateness of student's plan of study to prepare for a career in the environment, health care, or tribal public policy, and (d) dedication to the values exemplified by Morris K. Udall during his career, i.e., civility, integrity, and consensus. The Review Committee has sole discretion in the selection of the 80 scholars.

Deadlines

March 4 of each year for all nominations to be received.

Authorization

Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992, Public Law 102-259, 106 Stat. 78, 20 U.S.C. 5601-5609.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

March 4, of each year for receipt of nominations; March of each year for selection of scholars by Udall Review Committee; April of each year for announcement of Udall scholars.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Sophomore recipients of Morris K. Udall Scholarships may apply for another scholarship by going through the application process described above.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

To be eligible to receive payments, a Udall scholar must matriculate full-time and remain in good academic standing. Scholar's institution must confirm in writing the cost of attendance and that the Scholar is enrolled full-time and in good academic standing. The Foundation will send each institution a form containing the student's name and social security number. This form will be completed and returned to the Foundation at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the fall semester. The Foundation will review forms for completeness of information and appropriate signatures from school officials. Scholars are required to submit a payment request form containing information regarding living expenses and additional costs that may be covered. Scholars may receive up to $5,000 at the beginning of the fall semester or may receive a partial payment in the fall semester and another at the beginning of the spring semester.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Not required.

Audits

Not required.

Records

Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification

95-0900-0-1-502.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $400,000; FY 08 est $400,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

None. Informational bulletins are available upon request.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact: Christopher L. Helms, Executive Director, 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701. Telephone: (520) 901-8500. FAX (520) 670-5530; or Melissa Millage, Program Manager. Telephone: (520) 901-8562. FAX (520) 670-5530.

Headquarters Office

Contact: Christopher L. Helms, Executive Director, 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701. Telephone: (520) 901-8500. FAX (520) 670-5530; or Melissa Millage, Program Manager. Telephone: (520) 901-8562. FAX (520) 670-5530.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.



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