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NOAA undergraduate scholarships are open — Apply today!

September 1, 2019

Calling all second-year undergraduates: 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, 2019, through January 31, 2020.

All interns on deck to pull the 100 ft. seine! Taylor Cubbage (second from left) helps pull the seine during her Hollings scholar internship along Sandy Hook's beaches in New Jersey. She completed her internship with the Sandy Hook National Recreational Area.

These prestigious scholarships provide students with an academic award of $9,500 per year for two years of full-time study. The Hollings Scholarship also 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.

Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions scholars from the class of 2019 view ocean exploration footage from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer during scholar orientation at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Top row: Jezella Peraza, Elyse Bonner Bottom row: JaNia Dunbar, Paola Santiago
Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions scholars from the class of 2019 view ocean exploration footage from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer during scholar orientation at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Top row: Jezella Peraza, Elyse Bonner Bottom row: JaNia Dunbar, Paola Santiago (Kayla do Couto/NOAA)

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.

Class of 2019 Hollings scholars gather beside a NOAA logo at NOAA headquarters during the Student Scholarships Orientation Training Program in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Class of 2019 Hollings scholars gather beside a NOAA logo at NOAA headquarters during the Student Scholarships Orientation Training Program in Silver Spring, Maryland. (Gabe Prough, 2019 NOAA Hollings scholar)

In May of 2019, the NOAA Office of Education selected 125 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars and 11 EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholars, hailing from a total of 81 different campuses in 35 U.S. states, as well as Puerto Rico. Next year's class, the Class of 2020, will be the 16th class of Hollings scholars and the 20th 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 last year’s #TakeoverTuesday campaign to see the scholarship experience through the eyes of past scholars. Follow NOAA Education on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up to date, and watch for new #TakeoverTuesday posts throughout the application season!

For more information and to apply, please visit the Hollings and EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship websites.