Introducing the 2017 NOAA Undergraduate Scholars!

May 24, 2017

110 rising juniors from 64 universities in 33 states have been awarded 2017 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarships. The Educational Partnership Program selected 8 students from 7 Minority Serving Institutions in 7 states and US territories for its 2017 undergraduate scholarship class. This year, NOAA reviewed over 550 applications for these two scholarships. NOAA Undergraduate Scholarship recipients are recognized for high achievement in NOAA-mission related fields, including marine and atmospheric sciences, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, math and many other majors. Students studying in these fields contribute to bolstering STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competitiveness and building a workforce ready to pursue the careers of tomorrow. 


NOAA Scholars in Silver Spring, MD, for the Science and Education Symposium.

Both undergraduate scholarship programs include two years of tuition support and paid summer internships at NOAA facilities throughout the country. During the 10-week paid summer internships, scholars conduct research, resource management or education projects while working with a NOAA mentor. At the end of the summer, scholars present their results to scientists and peers during the annual Science & Education Symposium. Scholars can also apply for funding to present their research at up to two scientific conferences. 

A recent external evaluation of the NOAA undergraduate scholarship programs demonstrated that NOAA scholars are more likely to author peer reviewed publications and give professional presentations than a control group*. Scholars were also more likely to gain hands-on experience in their field. 75% of NOAA scholars pursue graduate degrees after completing the program.


Warner-Griffin, C., Hare, A., Liu, H., Dugan, M. K., & Lai, F. (2017). Evaluation support services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Final report. Silver Spring, MD: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

*The control group was composed of students who applied but did not receive NOAA scholarships.

EPP Undergraduate Scholars

Name university state
Few, Camisha Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University FL
Hawk, Draven University of California-Santa Cruz CA
Kantanka, Sarf Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University FL
Olive, Danielle University of the Virgin Islands VI
Rodriguez, Nikola University of Hawaii at Hilo HI
Thompson, Stephen North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University NC
Torres, Kayleen University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez PR
Wilburn, Imani Bowie State University MD

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars:

Allen, Alexandra Maine Maritime Academy ME
Althoen, Claudia University of Minnesota MN
Arseneau, Isaac Valparaiso University IN
Ashley, Elizabeth University of Georgia GA
Aydell, Taylor Northeast Louisiana University LA
Bang, Ashley Brown University RI
Bantle, Alexis University of South Carolina SC
Barnes, David Hampton University VA
Benjamin, Jordan Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA
Beveridge, Susan Ohio University OH
Blount, Dillon University of South Alabama AL
Bonacolta, Anthony University of Miami FL
Bonan, David University of Washington WA
Bouissou, Adrien Humboldt State University CA
Bowman, Jacob Albertson College of Idaho ID
Boyd, Anjali Eckerd College FL
Brayton, Casey University of South Carolina SC
Brokaw, Adam Ohio University OH
Burke, Angela University of Alabama in Huntsville AL
Cameron, Kevin University of Georgia GA
Campion, Paul Loyola University of Chicago IL
Carlson, Annette Humboldt State University CA
Ceroli, Amanda University of North Carolina Wilmington NC
Chase, Julie University of South Florida FL
Chiao, Jenny Allan Hancock College CA
Colombi, Nadia  University of California-Los Angeles CA
Conser, Elena University of Miami FL
Cosca-Baresh, Allison  University of California-Los Angeles CA
Craig, Brianna University of Hawaii Maui Community College HI
Cubbage, Taylor  Texas A&M University at Galveston TX
Davis, Brooke Eckerd College FL
Emmerson, Samuel  University of Oklahoma OK
Escobedo, Jacob  Texas A&M University TX
Fabbri, Christopher  Los Medanos College CA
Fisher, Celia Lyndon State College VT
Fitz, Kyra University of California-Santa Cruz CA
Ford, Caitlin University of South Alabama AL
Frei, Brian Rutgers University NJ
Froney, Merrill University of Miami FL
Fuchs, Grace  Ohio University OH
Geyman, Emily  Princeton University NJ
Giandonato, Teresa Northern Wyoming Community College District WY
Gibson, Natalie Juniata College PA
Gilbert, Mary Millersville University of Pennsylvania PA
Gilpin, Rebecca  University of Miami FL
Goldsmith, Amanda  Eckerd College FL
Hamman, Carolyn  University of Miami FL
Harshbarger, Anne  Duke University NC
Hasslund, Peter  University of Miami FL
Hazlett, Megan  Allegheny College PA
Huber, Molly Cornell University NY
Iliff, Samantha Florida Atlantic University FL
Jefferson, Nakia Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University FL
Johnson, Willa Whitman College WA
Jones, Erin Millersville University of Pennsylvania PA
King, Ashley University of Connecticut CT
Kline, Logan University of Maryland MD
Kolakoski, Caroline  University of South Alabama AL
Kraft, Josh University of North Carolina Wilmington NC
Krasky, Rebecca  Macalester College MN
Krinos, Arianna Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University VA
Laraia, Kayla  University of Miami FL
Lenhardt, Emily  University of Oklahoma OK
Lowien, Anna  University of Maryland MD
Luo, Zizhan The American University DC
Macdonald, Leland Texas A&M University TX
Macvittie, Sophia  Eckerd College FL
Maguire, William Pennsylvania State University PA
Mazurek, Alexandra  University of Georgia GA
Mccandless, Martin  Mississippi State University MS
Mcdermott, Grace  University of Maine ME
Mckenzie, Patrick  University of South Carolina SC
Mckim, Brett University of California - Santa Barbara CA
Michalec, Jeffrey Eckerd College FL
Min, Markus University of California-Los Angeles CA
Murdzek, Shawn  Pennsylvania State University PA
Murphy, Thomas Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA
Mushegian, Natalia  University of California-Berkeley CA
Parry, Dawn University of Rhode Island RI
Pegg, Nicole Eckerd College FL
Pendleton, Augustus  University of Minnesota MN
Pinard, Zachary Oregon State University OR
Poulton, Anna Illinois Wesleyan University IL
Queen, Laura University of Oregon OR
Roots, Maurice Hampton University VA
Sangster, Sam University of South Alabama AL
Schiksnis, Cara University of Maryland MD
Schneider, Morgan University of Oklahoma OK
Scott-Buechler, Celina Cornell University NY
Searles, Adam University of Central Florida FL
Shah, Radhika Oregon State University OR
Shapiro, Sara University of Rhode Island RI
Sunstone, Catrin Colorado State University CO
Teegarden, Adrian North Carolina State University NC
Thrift, Emma University of Maryland MD
Tierney, Courtney Eckerd College FL
Tran, Cuong University of Hawaii at Manoa HI
Van Artsdalen, Kathryn Middlebury College VT
Vincent, Kyle Eckerd College FL
Voirol, Grant University of Miami FL
Wanless, Anna Arizona State University AZ
Ward, Samantha University of Rhode Island RI
Whitaker, Hannah University of North Carolina Wilmington NC
White, James Ohio State University OH
Winston, Joseph Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College LA
Wittle, Lily University of Miami FL
Wood, Allyson Allegheny College PA
Young, Tyler University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign IL
Zodl, Lauren University of Delaware DE
Zubieta, Lina University of South Florida FL