Prospective scholars

The NOAA Office of Education 2023 undergraduate scholarships application period is now closed. The 2024 application period will open on September 1, 2023.

NOAA's Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship recognizes outstanding students studying in NOAA mission fields. Scholars receive up to $9,500 per academic year to support their studies, as well as paid summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the U.S. 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. Of Hollings scholars surveyed, 100% would recommend this opportunity to other students.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, internships and planned events, such as scholar orientation and the scholar symposium, may be held virtually. The Office of Education will review precautionary guidelines provided by the CDC in advance of events and internships, and will notify scholars when a decision is made whether to hold them virtually or in person. 


To be eligible to apply for the Hollings Scholarship, at the time of application (annually September through January) applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be currently enrolled or accepted at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories as either:
    • a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year undergraduate program
    • a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program
    • a community college or transfer student who is applying to a four-year institution
      • Community college or transfer applicants must provide proof of application to a four-year institution when submitting their application for the scholarship.
      • If accepted for the Hollings Scholarship, applicants must submit proof of acceptance prior to starting the program.

  • Earn and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another identified scale) each term, as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 in your major field of study.
    • The GPA requirement applies throughout the period of undergraduate studies: prior to and at the time of application for a scholarship, for the period between application and award notification, and after award distribution.
  • Have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to: oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, computer and information science, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission.
Hollings Scholar Leah Chomiak.
Hollings scholar Leah Chomiak studying the summer ice melt in the Chukchi Sea during her internship with the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. (Courtesy of Leah Chomiak)


Informational webinar: Applying to the EPP/MSI and Hollings undergraduate scholarships

An informational webinar about the Ernest F. Hollings and José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) undergraduate scholarship programs.