EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Providing scholarships and internships to outstanding students studying at Minority Serving Institutions.
EPP Class of 2016 Group Photo
(Left to Right) Kekeh Akofa, Kammie-Dominique Tavares, Kirby Bartlett, Robert Abitbol, Char’mane Robinson, Valentina Rappa, Maria Cogliando
EPP Class of 2016 Group Photo
Left to Right: Kekeh Akofa, Kammie-Dominique Tavares, Kirby Bartlett, Robert Abitbol, Char’mane Robinson, Valentina Rappa, Maria Cogliando (NOAA)

Applications for 2017 are now closed. The application will open again in September.


The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships. Since 2001, over 186 students have completed the program and over 75% go on to graduate school.

Students attending Minority Serving Institutions as defined by the US Department of Education (Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaskan-Native Serving Institutions, and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions) are eligible to apply for the program.

About the program

  • Students receive awards valued at up to $45,000 in total support (including travel and conference participation) during their junior and senior years.
  • Students complete an 11 week paid summer internship and training at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, between May and July of the first summer. During the second summer, students complete a 10 week paid internships at NOAA facilities across the country. Students are paid a stipend and receive a housing allowance during summer internships.
  • Student scholarship recipients attend a two-week orientation at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, and begin their first summer internship in early June.
  • At the end of both summer internships, students present the results of their projects at an Education and Science Symposium in Silver Spring, MD (travel expenses paid).


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens. 
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program; or transferring from a two-year to a four-year institution; or a 3rd year student in a five-year program.
  • Studying a discipline related to NOAA's programs and mission at an accredited minority serving institution (college or university within the United States or U.S. territories).
  • Must earn and maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Apply and contact information

To apply for an EPP/MSI USP Scholarship, visit: The application is available annually September through January. If you have questions, please contact: