NOAA Seeks Applicants for the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

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

October 31, 2008

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 fifth year this scholarship is being made available to students interested in pursuing degrees in ocean and atmospheric sciences and education.

In 2009, the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program will provide approximately 100 college undergraduates up to $29,050 to further 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 January 30, 2009

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 online, by e-mail at, by telephone to 301-713-9437 x150, or by mail to:

NOAA Hollings Scholarship Program
1315 East-West Highway, Room 10703
Silver Spring, MD 20910

The Hollings Scholarship Program expands and supports NOAA’s 35-year commitment to enhance economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and provide environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. The program is part of a larger effort to enhance NOAA’s strategic 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.

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.