Are you interested in a scholarship and paid summer internship with NOAA? Consider applying for the Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship or the Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) Undergraduate Scholarship. Applications are open from September 1, 2020, through February 1, 2021.
These prestigious scholarships provide students with an academic award of $9,500 per year for two years of full-time study. The Hollings Scholarship provides a 10-week, full time, paid summer internship opportunity at any NOAA facility nationwide. The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship offers two paid summer internships, one in a NOAA office in the Washington, D.C., area, and one at any NOAA facility nationwide. All scholars also receive funding to present their summer internship research at two national scientific conferences. Note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, internships may be held virtually. The Office of Education will review precautionary guidelines provided by the CDC in advance of the internships and will notify selected 2021 scholars when a decision is made whether to hold internships virtually or in person. Read about the 2020 virtual summer internships here.
Both scholarships are available to second-year undergraduate students studying engineering, meteorology, biological sciences, social sciences, education, and other NOAA-related subjects. Students who are currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories can apply for the Hollings scholarship. If students meet these requirements and also attend a minority serving institution, they may apply for the EPP/MSI scholarship. For a full list of eligibility requirements, please visit the frequently asked questions for the Hollings and EPP/MSI scholarships.
In April of 2020, the NOAA Office of Education selected 123 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars and 15 EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholars, hailing from a total of 97 different campuses in 39 U.S. states, as well as Puerto Rico. Next year's class, the Class of 2021, will be the 17th class of Hollings scholars and the 21st class of EPP/MSI undergraduate scholars. Many scholarship alumni have gone on to work full-time at NOAA, while others have worked in areas of the government, in academia, or in the private sector.
Still wondering if these scholarships are for you? Take a look at the previous year’s #TakeoverTuesday campaign and the 2020 virtual internship story to see the experience through the eyes of past scholars. Read updates from our alumni describing where they are now in our story catching up with NOAA scholars. Follow NOAA Education on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn offsite link to stay up to date, and watch for new #TakeoverTuesday and #WhereAreTheyWednesday (featuring alumni) posts throughout the application season!