One student at a time

NOAA helps cultivate the next generation of STEM workers



Graduate Scholarship Program (GSP) recipient Nelsie Ramos participates in a hurricane flight aboard a NOAA P3 aircraft.

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You’ve probably heard the term “STEM.” It’s short for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and  it's the buzz word when it comes to jobs. 

A report from Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration had good news for present and future STEM workers. Among its key findings, the report notes that in the past 10 years:

STEM workers are driving our nation’s innovation and competitiveness and helping America “win the future” with new ideas, new businesses and new industries.

That means we need many more skilled hands and inspired minds to help society prepare for and respond to extreme weather events, to sustain healthy and productive ecosystems and to ensure resilient coastal communities and economies.


Undergraduate Scholarship Program (USP) recipient, Thomas Searles in an applied physics lab at Rice University.

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Growth of STEM starts with America’s students

One of the two primary goals of NOAA’s Office of Education is to develop a future workforce that reflects the diversity of our nation, one skilled in STEM and other disciplines critical to the agency’s mission and the nation’s well-being. 

That’s why we’re spreading the word about NOAA scholarships for college students aimed at helping them obtain degrees in STEM fields. NOAA offers programs for undergraduates as well as graduate students. Besides significant financial support, these programs provide outstanding opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge analysis and research — plus mentoring by top-flight NOAA scientists and managers.

Students can now apply for NOAA’s scholarship programs

The four NOAA scholarship programs accept applicants ranging from rising sophomores through those seeking their doctorates in NOAA mission-critical fields — and selection is competitive. The application period is open through the beginning of 2012:

NOAA scholarship success stories

More 1,000 students have benefited from NOAA scholarship program.
Meet a few of our former students:

Read more about NOAA scholarship success stories in NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program newsletter.

NOAA Education offers other programs that foster a first-class future STEM workforce and aim to increase America’s environmental literacy. We invite you to learn more at

Posted October 31, 2011 NOAA logo.