The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship Internal Application Instructions

There is a two-tiered application process for this program, as Reed College plays an endorsing role. The first stage is to apply in winter to the Reed Faculty Committee on Fellowships and Awards. If your application is endorsed by the committee, you would then complete the application process with the Udall Foundation.

Internal Application Deadline

January 17th, 2024 at 12:00 PM noon, Pacific Time

Application Steps

Complete all of the following steps by the internal application deadline to be considered for a nomination from the college:

Online Application and Transcripts

For the internal application, you'll use the online application on the Udall site. Email to request access to the application.

  • Fill out the entire online application and submit it for review within the system prior to the internal application deadline. This includes a draft of your 800 word Udall essay.
    • If you have any trouble submitting your application, email us to let us know. As long as you've saved your responses in the application, we'll still be able to access your application for the committee to review.
  • Email a copy of your Reed transcript to Ensure that any college courses taken elsewhere have been added to your Reed transcript. If they have not, please include a copy of the non-Reed transcript(s) as part of your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Have two people submit internal letters of support/recommendation to by the internal application deadline. Your recommenders need to be able to speak to your leadership, public service and academic achievements. Give them this link to Information for References from the Udall website as well. You're welcome to use the request for recommendation forms in the online application, but make certain to let your recommenders know that the internal recommendations can be more informal than the final letters.

Make sure to give your recommenders several weeks notice and read our guidance on requesting letters of recommendation.

If you are nominated, you will need a third recommender for the final application.


You will need to complete this online waiver form as the final step in submitting your internal application.

Waiver Form

Applicants submitting application materials electronically by email will generally receive a confirmation within twenty-four hours. If you do not receive a confirmation during this time, please follow up with the Center for Life Beyond Reed at to ensure that the application was successfully submitted.

Next Steps

The faculty fellowships and awards committee will review applications early the following week. You'll hear back about the status of your application the week after you submit it.

If you are nominated by the college, we'll return your application to you so that you may continue to work on it. You'll need to reach out to your recommenders to let them know that you'll need formal letters of recommendation for the national competition, and ask for a letter from a third recommender. Those letters will need to be on signed letterhead and sent to At this point you should make use of CLBR advisors, your academic advisor, or any other trusted advisors for feedback upon your application.

You'll then need to submit your application a couple days before the national deadline. Staff in CLBR will need time to upload your transcript and recommendation letters and finalize your application for submission to the Udall Foundation.

If you have questions at any point, please let us know:

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