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85.402 Morris K. Udall Native American Congressional Internship Program


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.
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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.


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Assistance is intended for the use of interns only. Interns will be provided with airfare to and from Washington, DC; lodging in central DC; per diem to cover meals, transportation and incidentals. A $1,200 stipend at the conclusion of the internship is awarded.


Applicant Eligibility:   Applicants must be Native American or Alaska Native and provide enrollment documentation; be a junior or senior in college, a recent graduate from a tribal or four-year college, or a graduate or law student; have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent; and be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident. Applicants should also demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or tribal communities.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, Alaska Natives, and enrolled members of a U.S. recognized tribe or First Nations.

Credentials/Documentation:   Applicants must be e a matriculated junior or senior at an accredited institution of higher education, a recent graduate from a tribal or four-year college, or a graduate or law student at the time of application. Applicants must submit copies of relevant enrollment forms. Applicants who are members of the First Nations of Canada must submit proof of U.S. permanent residency. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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Pre-application Coordination:   Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants must include a completed Internship Application Form, an 800 word essay analyzing a piece of legislation sponsored by Congressman Udall that relates to the applicant's interests and career goals, and provide three references, one from a leader in his/her tribe, one from a faculty member in the applicant's field of study, and another individual that can attest to the applicant's potential, and a resume.

Award Procedure:   The Morris K. Udall Foundation will select four or five Native Americans from the academic and professional community to serve as the Internship Review Committee. The Udall Foundation will initially verify the contents of the application packets for completeness and then assemble the information for review by the committee. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of:

1) Interest in and commitment to learning about the federal government;

2) Demonstrated commitment to tribal communities and/or tribal public policy, through contributions to or participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, community or public service, tribal government and cultural activities, research;

3) Desire to use the knowledge gained to support their tribal community and/or Indian Country;

4) Demonstrated leadership, character and integrity. The Review Committee has sole discretion in the selection of the interns.

Deadlines:   Jan 29, 2010 Applications must be received by the last Friday in January of each year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

From 15 to 30 days. Late January of each year for receipt of applications; February of each year for selection of interns by Internship Review Committee; and April of each year for announcement of Udall interns.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

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Formula and Matching Requirements:   

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Assistance is available during the internship program, from late May to early August. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Native American interns will be provided with airline tickets and an advance of funds prior to their arrival in Washington. Interns will receive per diem by direct deposit every other week for living expenses. Airline tickets and lodging will be prepaid by the Udall Foundation. A $1,200 stipend will be awarded to each intern at the end of the internship program.


Audits:   No audits are required for this program.

Records:   Not applicable.


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Obligations:   (Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 08 $93,780; FY 09 est $97,680; FY 10 est $98,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

Each intern receives approximately $9500 in housing, airfare, per diem and the educational stipend.

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Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Regional or Local Office:   None. 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701. Contact: Jane Curlin, Senior Program Manager, Telephone: (520) 901-8565. FAX (520) 670-5530.

Headquarters Office:   Destiny Khalil 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701 Email: Phone: 520-901-8500 Fax: 520-901-8570

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