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NOAA welcomes the 2020 undergraduate scholars

April 29, 2020

NOAA Office of Education has selected 123 Ernest F. Hollings undergraduate scholars and 15 José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) undergraduate scholars for the classes of 2020. Scholars receive a two-year academic scholarship for their junior and senior years, paid summer internship opportunities, and funding to participate in two national scientific conferences.

Hollings scholar Caitlin Ford is analyzing Short Range Ensemble Forecast Dry Thunderstorm Probabilistic Model Guidance during her internship with the National Weather Service at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. In addition to her research project, Caitlin is shadowing forecasters at the NWS Storm Prediction Center (where this photo was taken) and the Norman Weather Forecast Office this summer to learn more about potential career paths in meteorology.

“NOAA welcomes the 2020 class of outstanding scholars", said Louisa Koch, Director of NOAA Education. "We are very proud to support them with our distinguished undergraduate scholarships. These students bring new skills and abilities that will help us better understand our changing world. We look forward to working with them to take full advantage of this opportunity as we work together to overcome the disruptions caused by COVID-19."

This year, 782 applications were submitted for these two competitive scholarships. The selected applicants of both NOAA undergraduate scholarship programs come from a total of 97 different campuses in 39 U.S. states, as well as Puerto Rico.

The 2020 EPP/MSI undergraduate scholars will start orientation in a virtual setting on May 18, and will begin their first internships on June 1, 2020. Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, all internships in 2020 will be conducted virtually. The Hollings undergraduate scholars will participate in orientation in a virtual setting from May 26-28, 2020, and will complete their internships during the summer of 2021. During orientation, scholars will hear Line and Staff Office presentations, learn about past and present internship opportunities, connect with their peers, and engage with scholarship program staff to learn about their next two years as a NOAA undergraduate scholar.

The scholarship application period for the class of 2021 opens on September 1, 2020, and will close on January 31, 2021.

 

Hollings Scholarship alumna Ashley Gordon conducts fisheries research during her summer internship at the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
Hollings Scholarship alumna Ashley Gordon conducts fisheries research during her summer internship at the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. (Ashley Gordon)

Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship

The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship was established in 2005 in honor of Senator Ernest F. Hollings, who was well known for supporting ocean policy and conservation. Senator Hollings passed away in 2019. The Hollings Scholarship includes a two-year academic award of $9,500 per year, and a 10-week, full-time, paid summer internship opportunity at any NOAA facility nationwide. Scholars also receive funding to present their NOAA research projects at two national scientific conferences. Students apply in their second year of undergraduate study and each must be a full-time undergraduate majoring in a NOAA mission field such as oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical sciences, social sciences, and teacher education.

EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship alumna Char'Mane Robinson during her summer internship at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship alumna Char'Mane Robinson during her summer internship at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Kathe Glassner-Shwayder)

José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship

The Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) was established in 2000 to support the education of postsecondary students pursuing degrees that directly support NOAA’s mission. In 2019, Congress renamed the program as the José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program in honor of Congressman Serrano. The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship includes a two-year academic award of $9,500 per year, and two summer internship opportunities. Scholars also receive funds to present the results of their NOAA research projects at two national conferences. Students must attend a minority serving institution, have and maintain a 3.2 or higher GPA and a declared major in a NOAA-mission related discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical sciences, including physics, geography and hydrology as well as social sciences.

Contact: NOAA Office of Education
1315 East West Hwy SSMC 3 / Rm 10734
Silver Spring, MD 20910

For the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, please email studentscholarshipprograms@noaa.gov

For the Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship, please email epp.usp@noaa.gov

 

EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholars

state name university
AK Monica Keim Alaska Pacific University
AL Brittany Melton Tuskegee University
AR Ilyana Collins University of Arkansas
CA Noah Jenkins Humboldt State University
CA Daniel Montoya San Diego Mesa College
DC Alexandra Grayson Howard University
GA Erianna Hammond Savannah State University
HI Lily Gavagan University of Hawaii Hilo
MD Mya Sharpe Morgan State University
MD Semaj Fielding University of Maryland Eastern Shore
MD Teemer Barry University of Maryland Eastern Shore
MS Alycia Triplett Jackson State University
PR Adriana Munoz Soto University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
PR Tzunami Santiago University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
TX Abigail Schulz Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars

state name university
AL Ashley Elizabeth Batts The University of Alabama
AL Max Hawkins The University of Alabama
AL Nicholas Hayes The University of Alabama
AL Hailey Culwell University of South Alabama
CA Benjamin Minch Biola University
CA Cole Schmitt California State University, Chico
CA Skylar Gering Harvey Mudd College
CA Shelby Gibson Los Medanos College
CA Joseph Hesse-Withbroe Pomona College
CA Paul McKinley Pomona College
CA Maricela Alaniz San Diego State University
CA Mercedes Thompson Stanford University
CA Patrick Monreal Stanford University
CA Ryunosuke Akiba University of California, Berkeley
CA Shane Russett University of California, Berkeley
CA Harold Carlson University of Southern California
CO Izabella Mastroianni Colorado State University
CO Mckenzie Larson University of Colorado Boulder
CT Leah Kosovsky Connecticut College
CT Adriana Maciel Metal Yale University
DC Daniel McFadden Georgetown University
DC Victoria Boatwright Georgetown University
DC Chinedu Chukwu Howard University
DC Grace Collins The American University
DC Rebecca Joseph The American University
DE Samuel Koeck University of Delaware
FL Hana Koilpillai Eckerd College
FL Mark Yamane Eckerd College
FL Mathias Stamper Eckerd College
FL Maxwell Miller Eckerd College
FL Nicole Vandale Eckerd College
FL Renee Veldman Eckerd College
FL Mark Leone Florida Gulf Coast University
FL Jonathan Marcus Florida State University
FL Erin Cowan Nova Southeastern University
FL Amanda Culp University of Miami
FL Luke Arends University of Miami
FL Zachary Michael University of Miami
FL Alexandra Rodier University of South Florida
FL Kaitlin Wykoff University of Tampa
GA Kathryn McCarthy Georgia Institute of Technology
GA Nadya Gutierrez Georgia College and State University
HI Sophia Samus Hawaii Pacific University
HI Kristina Theam University of Hawaii at Manoa
HI Shannon Murphy University of Hawaii at Manoa
IA Helen St. John Grinnell College
IL Lauren Chandler-Holtz Northwestern University
IL Brandon Garcia University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IL Kaylee Heimes University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IL Zachary Chalmers University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IN Jonathan Degraw Purdue University
IN Natalie Vernon Valparaiso University
KS Greta Olsen University of Kansas
LA Everett Craddock Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
LA Jacob Zeringue Northeast Louisiana University
MA Petra Zuñiga Amherst College
MA Shraddha Pingali Boston University
MA Julian Schmitt Harvard University
MA Selena Zhang Harvard University
MA Lily Zhang Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MA Jack Gerrior Massachusetts Maritime Academy
MA Rebecca Harrigan Smith College
MA Eric Roy University of Massachusetts Lowell
MD Ciara Donegan University of Maryland College Park
MD Olivia Mihok University of Maryland College Park
MD Samuel Varga University of Maryland College Park
ME Abigail Muscat University of Maine
MI Clare Zwiers University of Michigan
MN Avery Fessler University of Minnesota Twin Cities
MN Jessica Jurcek University of Minnesota Twin Cities
NC Virginia Gilliland Davidson College
NC David Hugo Duke University
NC Anna Poston North Carolina State University
NC Kirsten Keleher North Carolina State University
NC Ashton Cloer University of North Carolina at Wilmington
NC Ryan Walsh University of North Carolina at Wilmington
NC Julia McElhinny Wake Forest University
NJ Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky Monmouth University
NJ Hannah Craft Monmouth University
NJ Johanna Vonderhorst Monmouth University
NJ Jessica Lambert Princeton University
NY Ricardo Peralta City University of New York City College
NY Karly Timko-Ruiz City University of New York Queens College
NY Boluwatife Owoeye New York University
NY William Riley Vassar College
OH Kathryn Zic The Ohio State University
OK Daniel Groeneveld University of Oklahoma
OK Ileana Raye University of Oklahoma
OK Katherine Giannakopoulos University of Oklahoma
OK Theodore Frantz University of Oklahoma
OR Sash Weese Oregon State University
PA Kathryn Wnuk-Fink Gettysburg College
PA Quinn Girasek Juniata College
PA Cameron Gonteski Millersville University of Pennsylvania
PA Elijah Crisden Millersville University of Pennsylvania
PA Robert Commodari Millersville University of Pennsylvania
PA Catherine Kohlman Penn State University Park
PA Katherine Seikel Penn State University Park
PA Jiaxin Xu Swarthmore College
RI Jonathan Benoit Brown University
RI Nicole Vanelli Salve Regina University
RI Myles Wagner University of Rhode Island
SC Kathleen Wirth Clemson University
SC Korianna Hays Clemson University
SC Sydney Madden Coastal Carolina University
SC Jordan James College of Charleston
SC Benjamin Hurley University of South Carolina
SC Christina Mueller University of South Carolina
SC Emma Sylves-Berry University of South Carolina
SC Olivia Shugart University of South Carolina
SC Samantha Rush University of South Carolina
TN Megan Porter University of Tennessee, Knoxville
TX Michelle Hollaway University of Houston
VA Anna Liang University of Virginia
VA Camille Wilson University of Virginia
VT Robert Saba Northern Vermont University-Lyndon
WA Leo MacLeod University of Washington
WA Madeleine Kopf-Patterson University of Washington
WA Cristian Swift Everett Community College, transferring to University of Washington
WA Zofia Danielson Western Washington University
WI Kaya Mondry Edgewood College
WI Justin Sankey Lawrence University
WV Bethany Wager West Virginia University