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NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship

university fellowships committee

Sophomores may apply.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship program is designed to:

  1. increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
  2. increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;
  3. 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
  4. 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.

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be be U.S. citizens
  • have full-time status as a third-year student in the upcoming Fall semester when the scholarship would begin
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in all completed undergraduate courses and in the major field of study
  • be majoring in a discipline related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, or education, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA's programs and mission, e.g., biological, social and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.

The application deadline is early February.

The application requires:

  • a completed application (which is available on the Ernest Hollings Scholarship web site)
  • two essays
  • two letters of recommendation
  • and an official university transcript.

To be competitive, interested students should contact the BC Campus Coordinator for the Hollings Scholarship during the Spring semester of their Sophomore year, to begin preparing their applications.

If you would like additional information about the scholarship and the application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the Ernest Hollings Scholarship web site.