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NOAA illustration.May 4, 2007 NOAA announced that 111 students from 38 states have been awarded scholarships in the 2007 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Named after retired South Carolina Senator Ernest F. Hollings who promoted ocean and atmospheric study and research, the scholarships provide hands-on training and experience to encourage undergraduates to pursue study in the NOAA fields, such as atmospheric or oceanic science, research and technology. (Click NOAA illustration for larger view. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)

“Promoting environmental literacy is essential to support NOAA’s mission and is an issue vital to Sen. Hollings,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “These young men and women will have the opportunity to work side by side with our scientists and hopefully become our next generation of teachers and scientists.”

Scholarship students will be eligible for up to $8,000 of academic assistance per year for full-time study during the junior and senior years, a 10-week, paid internship ($650 per week) during the summer of 2008, including a housing subsidy, round-trip travel to the internship site, and travel expenses to the Hollings program conference in Silver Spring, Md. A list of the Hollings scholars is available online.

“Coming from colleges and universities across the nation these students represent a wide diversity of educational pursuits. Their majors range literally from A to Z, from atmospheric sciences to zoology,” said Louisa Koch, director of the NOAA Office of Education, which funds the $3.7 million program. “We are very pleased to award these scholarships and we are looking forward to working with these students next summer.”

Since its inception in 2005, the Hollings Scholarship has been awarded to 322 students. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens, a full-time junior in an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories, hold a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in all completed undergraduate courses and in the major field of study, and major in a discipline area related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology or education, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA's programs and mission, such as the biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.

NOAA, 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 the 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 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

Relevant Web Sites
NOAA Office of Education

List of the 2007 Hollings Scholars (PDF)

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program

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Linda Belton, NOAA, (301) 713-9437 ext. 150