Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

2017 applications are now closed. The application will open again in September.
Hollings and EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship orientation 2016.
Hollings and EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship orientation 2016. (NOAA)


Over the past 10 years, the Hollings Scholarship Program has provided approximately 120 undergraduate students per year with tuition support and paid summer internships with NOAA across the country. Hollings has a growing network of over 1200 alumni from over 300 universities. Approximately 75% of Hollings Alumni continue on to graduate school in NOAA mission fields, and more than 90 have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Recently, two Hollings alum were awarded 2017 Rhodes Scholarships and one was awarded the Marshall Scholarship. 

Learn about where the Hollings Scholarship can take you!

Program Benefits

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer.

The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

Hollings Alumni report that the experience influenced their academic and career paths, expanded their professional networks and improved their skills for working in NOAA mission fields. 100% of Hollings Scholars surveyed said that they would recommend this opportunity to other students.

Program Goals

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to:

  • increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
  • increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;
  • recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and
  • recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.
Regina McCormack, 2009 Hollings Scholar (University of Notre Dame), interned with NOAA Fisheries under the mentorship of Dr. Chris Chambers. Regina completed her Masters in Marine Policy at University of Delaware and is now working for Invenergy LLC, an energy company, in Chicago.
Hollings Alumna, Regina McCormack (Photo Credit: Dr. Chris Chambers)

"This has been a fantastic internship all around. I managed my own project and developed real-world software that will be used long after I leave. Wherever I work in the future, it will be somewhere engaging and challenging, where I have the opportunity to affect positive and meaningful change."

-Kyle Nolan, Hollings Class of 2013, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations