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August 18, 2008
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NOAA has selected nine scholars as national recipients of the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships as outstanding graduate-level scholars in the fields of marine biology, coastal resource management, and maritime archeology.
The scholarships were established in memory of Dr. Foster’s 23-year tenure at NOAA. A leader in marine resource conservation, she was inspirational in her role as one of the top senior executives in the marine field. Congress created the scholarship in 2000 as a means of honoring her life's work and contribution to the nation.
Each scholarship recipient will receive an annual stipend of $20,000 and up to $12,000 annually for tuition. Doctoral students are eligible to continue the scholarship program for four years and master’s level students for two years.
The nine scholarship recipients are:
This is the eighth year of the scholarship program and NOAA received over 108 applications. A panel of NOAA scientists ranked the applications and finalists were selected based on their ranking scores, financial need, academic excellence, recommendations, and research and career goals.
NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.