Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

2017 applications are now closed. Applications are available annually from September through January.

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 internship during the summer at a NOAA facility.

Hollings Scholar Ashley Hann conducts fisheries research.

Geographic focus: Nationwide

Award: (2016 program) Scholarship - A max. of $9,500 per academic year (for two years) is provided to each scholar to cover the cost of tuition, fees and other academic expenses. Internship stipend - $700/week. 

Students per year: 120-150


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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, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

NOAA's Ernest F. 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.
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