Qay-liwh Ammon Selected as a 2018 Udall Scholar

(April, 2018) Qay-liwh Ammon, an Oregon State University junior studying Environmental Science with an option in Environmental Water Resources, has been selected as a 2018 Udall Scholar in the Tribal Public Policy category.  Ammon is from Salyer, CA and a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. After completing her degree at OSU, she plans to return to Northern California to address low water flows, which has caused the fish population to decline, and work to improve current laws and policies.    

The Udall Foundation selected fifty students from 42 U.S. colleges and universities as 2018 Udall Scholars. A 16-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Udall Scholars based on commitment to careers in the environment, Native health care, or Tribal public policy; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement. The review committee also awarded 50 Honorable Mentions.

Each scholarship provides up to $7,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year. Since the first awards in 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,574 scholarships totaling $8,090,000.

The 2018 Udall Scholars will assemble August 7-12 in Tucson, Arizona, to meet one another and program alumni; learn more about the Udall legacy of public service; and interact with community leaders in environmental fields, Tribal health care, and governance.


Selected scholar statistics on the 2018 competition

  • 50 Scholars and 50 Honorable Mentions (HM) were selected out of 437 eligible applicants from 209 institutions
  • 34 Scholarships were awarded in the Environmental category; 6 in Native American Health Care; and 10 in Tribal Public Policy
  • Tribal Public Policy and Health Care scholars are enrolled in 14 different tribes
  • 42 institutions have Scholars
  • Scholars come from 31 states and 1 from Guam


About the Udall Foundation
Established by Congress in 1992, the Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships, and internships for study in fields related to the environment and to Native Americans and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and Tribal public policy. The Foundation provides funding to the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, the Native Nations Institute, and provides assessment, mediation, training and other related services through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. For more information about the Udall Foundation, please visit the Udall website.


Udall Scholars at Oregon State University
OSU nominates up to four students per year in both the Environmental and Native categories.  In addition to Ms. Ammon’s recognition this year, OSU has celebrated nine Udall Scholars and three Honorable Mentions since 1999, the most recent being Kerri Raven Waldron in 2016.  

For additional information about the Udall and other national and international scholarships, please contact LeAnn Adam, OSU National and Global Scholarships Advising Coordinator, [email protected].