Nathan Williams: Udall Scholar
Coordinator, UNCW Campus Recreation & Intramurals
“Receiving the Udall scholarship connected me to a large network of current and alumni recipients who are passionate about the environment and committed to real change. One of the greatest aspects of the prize is that the Udall Foundation brings all award recipients together for an expenses-paid retreat in Arizona. The money I received with the scholarship was great, but meeting other Udall scholars at the retreat weekend, being able to use the award recognition in my career, and continuing the discussion about environmental stewardship throughout my life have been the real rewards of the scholarship for me.”—Nathan Williams
The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation awards as many as 50 scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mention awards to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:
- To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields; or
- To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities; or
- To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities, and other related fields.
- Up to $5000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses.
- Four-day Udall Scholars Orientation in Tucson, Arizona to meet with other Scholars, elected officials, and other environmental and tribal leaders. All Scholars are required to attend this event in August. Travel, lodging, and meals will be provided by the Foundation.
- Access to an active and growing alumni network of environmental, Native American health and tribal policy professionals.
Udall Scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, books, room and board, or other specifically approved expenses. Payments may supplement, but not duplicate, benefits from other foundations, institutions, or organizations. Combined benefits from all sources may not exceed the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board as prescribed by the institution.
Who are Udall scholars?
Udall Scholars are a diverse group of students who are united by their interest in our nation's heritage: natural resource protection, conservation, and Native American policy, health, and governance. Recent Udall Scholars are pursuing majors in a variety of fields, including:
International Studies and Conservation Biology
Coastal and Marine Policy and Management
Native American Studies
Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy
Philosophy and the Environment
Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Water Resources Engineering
Wildlife Conservation and Management
Earth and Planetary Science
Their career goals are similarly diverse. Among them:
Udall Scholars are now working in many professions:
Design water systems that mimic natural ecosystems
Advocate for Native American healthcare policy
Develop interactive tools that integrate software and web applications with environmental decision-making
Research remediation technologies for polluted waters
Improve education on the Navajo reservation
Develop environmental education curriculums for primary education
Influence tribal education policy on a federal level
Study urban planning and public policy
Serve as an optometrist with Indian Health Service
Conduct field research in behavioral ecology
Design communities to reduce energy waste
Resolve natural resource conflicts among tribal, state and federal governments
Practice physical therapy among the Blackfeet people
Resolve international freshwater conflicts
· As environmental consultants for industry, not-for-profit entities, and government;
· With cities as environmental managers and urban planners;
· As legal counsel for environmental organizations and tribal communities;
· As environmental educators;
· In tribal resource management;
· In public health and environmental justice fields.
What is the Scholar Orientation?
The Udall Scholars Orientation weekend is a mandatory 4-day event that takes place each August in Tucson, Arizona. All new and repeat Scholars must attend. Travel from the Scholar's home or school, lodging and meals will be provided by the Foundation.
The Orientation brings Udall Scholars, alumni, faculty representatives, and Foundation staff together to network, share ideas, hear from distinguished environmental and Native American leaders, and see, first hand, what it means to be a part of the Udall legacy.
More information on the scholarship program can be found: http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspxThe U.S. Congress established the Udall Foundation as an independent executive branch agency in 1992 to honor Morris K. Udall's 30 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to honor Stewart L. Udall and add his name to the Foundation. It is now known as the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. As set forth in the founding legislation, the purposes of the Foundation are to:
- Increase the awareness of the importance of, and promote the benefit and enjoyment of, the nation's natural resources;
- Foster a greater recognition and understanding of the role of the environment, public lands and resources in the development of the United States;
- Identify critical environmental issues;
- Develop resources to train professionals properly in environmental and related fields;
- Provide educational outreach regarding environmental policy;
- Develop resources to train Native American and Alaska Native professionals in health care and public policy;
- Through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, provide assessment, mediation, and other related services to resolve environmental disputes involving federal agencies.
The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation is one of five federal foundations established by Congress. The other four federal foundations include the Christopher Columbus Foundation, Barry M. Goldwater Foundation, James Madison Foundation, and the Harry S. Truman Foundation.