NOAA Seeks Applicants for the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Up to $29,050 Available per Student for Studies and Internships

November 13, 2007

NOAA is accepting applications for a scholarship program in honor of retired South Carolina Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, who promoted oceanic and atmospheric research throughout his career. This is the fourth year this scholarship is being made available to students interested in pursuing degrees in ocean and atmospheric sciences and education.
In 2008, the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program will provide approximately 100 college undergraduates up to $29,050 each for their academic studies related to NOAA science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. The program also offers a multi-disciplinary summer internship providing students the opportunity to work with NOAA scientists. Applications will be accepted through February 8, 2008.

Scholarship students will be eligible for up to $8,000 of academic assistance per year for full-time study during their junior and senior years; a paid 10-week, full-time internship position during the summer at a NOAA facility ($650 per week); a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship; and travel expenses to attend and participate in a mandatory orientation and conference.

Applications for the Hollings Scholarship Program are available on-line. Requests for applications may also be made via e-mail at, by telephone 301-713-9437 x150, or in writing to:        
NOAA Hollings Scholarship Program
1315 East-West Highway, Room 10703
Silver Spring MD 20910

The Hollings Scholarship Program is key component of NOAA’s efforts to promote environmental literacy and ensure a future, world-class workforce to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission. Hollings scholars will be selected from applicants majoring in a broad range of disciplines including biological, physical, and social sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 70 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.