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May 18, 2009
Senator Ernest Hollings of South Carolina. (Credit: NOAA)
NOAA today selected 122 college students to receive scholarships as part of the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program. The scholarships are geared to encourage undergraduates to pursue study in NOAA fields, such as atmospheric and oceanic science, research, and technology.
“This program is an exceptional opportunity for training and developing the next generation of NOAA scientists and researchers,” said Louisa Koch, director of NOAA’s Office of Education.
Students will receive up to $8,000 of academic assistance per year for full-time study during their junior and senior years, a 10-week, paid internship of $650 per week during the upcoming summer, 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 follows, and is also available online.
The scholarship program is named after retired South Carolina Senator Ernest F. Hollings, who promoted ocean and atmospheric study and research. Since its inception in 2005, the Hollings scholarship has been awarded to 555 students. To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen, a full-time sophomore at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories, and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in all completed undergraduate courses and in the major field of study. Majors must be 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’s Office of Education has a broad mandate from Congress to educate the public about ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, and atmospheric science and stewardship. As a world leader in understanding these issues and how they impact our health, our economy, and our future, NOAA embraces the opportunity to expand the public’s understanding of Earth’s natural systems.
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.
2009 Hollings Scholars