The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

This award requires university nomination or interview and cannot be applied to directly. Students must work with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships and meet university deadlines.


The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship is for juniors and sophomores who intend to become leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice and economics. The foundation also seeks future Native American and Alaskan Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development and education.


  • Campus Deadline: Dec. 1 
  • External Deadline: March

Eligibility Requirements

  • A current sophomore or junior (see the Udall website for definitions of class standing) in any major or field of study.
  • Demonstrate community service and leadership in work related to the environment or Native American/Native Alaskan health care or tribal policy.
  • Have a GPA of B or above.
  • Enrolled full time at UB during the award year.
  • A U.S. citizen.

Note:  Scholars selected during their sophomore year may be re-nominated during the next year's competition.

How to Apply

Submit the following materials to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships by the campus deadline:

  • Completed online application form, including the 800-word essay. 
  • Official college transcript(s).
  • Three letters of recommendation (original only, additional copies not necessary). It is recommended that you confer with Megan Stewart before finalizing your choices for recommendations. Begin this process early to allow for creation and submission of letter by deadline. Letters may be sent electronically from the writer to or in sealed hardcopy form to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

Selection Process

A UB faculty committee will review the nominee’s application and determine if the student will be endorsed to the Udall Scholarship Program.

Campus Contact

Past Award Recipients and Honorees




Field(s) of Study


Graduate School


Matthew Falcone

Honorable Mention

    Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Cheektowaga, NY

University of Colorado, Boulder


Esther Buckwalter


Environmental Engineering

Alfred Station, NY

Eastern Kentucky University


Kristina Blank

Honorable Mention

Social Science Interdisciplinary

Craryville, NY

University of Washington


Christopher Llop


Electrical Engineering

East Amherst, NY

University of California, Berkeley


Aaron Krolikowski


Political Science and Social Science Interdisciplinary

Glenwood, NY

University of Oxford


Kelly Miller



Peter Rizzo



Tonawanda, NY

Cornell, NY