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Hollings, Ernest F. Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides scholarship support, up to $9,500 per year, for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer.

The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

The Hollings scholarship program is designed to:

-increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
-increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;
-recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and
-recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.

To be eligible to apply you must:

-be a U.S. citizen;
-be currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university or university within the United States or U.S. territories;
-earn and maintain a 3.0 grade point average overall and in your major;
-have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission. Related discipline areas of study may include: biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.



Application Procedure:
Student applies directly. Contact Ashley Serbonich at with questions or for application assistance.

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: Sophomore

Graduate: None

Award Type:
Scholarship / Fellowship

Award Period:
Academic Year (Undergraduate)
Summer (Undergraduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Natural Sciences-Environmental Studies

Additional Qualifications:
US citizen with a 3.0 GPA

Last Updated:
September 26, 2017

Last Updated: 9/12/17