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NOAA welcomes the 2019 undergraduate scholars

May 28, 2019

NOAA Office of Education has selected 125 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars and 11 Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) Undergraduate Scholars for the classes of 2019. 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.

NOAA Scholars at the 2018 Science & Education Symposium at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

“NOAA is excited to welcome these highly qualified students who are eager to help us better understand our changing world," said Louisa Koch, Director of NOAA Education. "They will become the next generation of scientists, stewards, and educators, and we are proud to provide support for them through these distinguished undergraduate scholarships. I am excited to see what these new scholars choose to do with this precious opportunity."

This year, 733 applications were submitted for these two competitive scholarships. The selected applicants of both NOAA undergraduate scholarship programs come from a total of 81 different campuses in 35 U.S. states, as well as Puerto Rico.

The 2019 EPP/MSI undergraduate scholars will start orientation on May 28 in Silver Spring, Maryland, and will begin their first internships on June 3, 2019. The Hollings undergraduate scholars will participate in orientation from July 8-10, 2019, and will complete their internships during the summer of 2020. During orientation, scholars will meet NOAA scientists, connect with their peers, and learn all the details about their next two years as a NOAA undergraduate scholar.

The scholarship application period for the class of 2020 opens on September 1, 2019, and will close on January 31, 2020.

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings scholars conduct field research during their summer internship opportunity.
NOAA Ernest F. Hollings scholars conduct field research during their summer internship opportunity. (NOAA)

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 earlier this year. 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.

The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship Program Class of 2019 sit together outside NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, during scholarship orientation. Bottom, left to right: Nohemi Perales, Ayanna Butler, Jezella Peraza, Elyse Bonner, Kristyn Wilkerson
Top, left to right: Sheldon Rosa, Darrielle Williams, JaNia Dunbar, Paola Santiago, Ashley Yates-Contreras, Koffi Apegnadjro
The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship Program Class of 2019 sit together outside NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, during scholarship orientation. Bottom, left to right: Nohemi Perales, Ayanna Butler, Jezella Peraza, Elyse Bonner, Kristyn Wilkerson Top, left to right: Sheldon Rosa, Darrielle Williams, JaNia Dunbar, Paola Santiago, Ashley Yates-Contreras, Koffi Apegnadjro. (NOAA)

Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship

The Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) was established in 2001 to support the education of postsecondary students pursuing degrees that directly support NOAA’s mission. 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 their NOAA research projects at two national conferences. Students apply in their second year of undergraduate study and must attend a minority serving institution. Each student must have and maintain 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
AL Elyse Bonner Tuskegee University
AL Darrielle Williams Tuskegee University
CA Jezella Peraza California State University-Monterey Bay
DC Ayanna Butler Howard University
GA Kristyn Wilkerson Spelman College
HI Sheldon Rosa University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
MS Jania Dunbar Jackson State University
NY Koffi Apegnadjro City College of the City University of New York
PR Paola Santiago University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
TX Ashley Yates-Contreras St. Mary's University
TX Nohemi Perales University of Texas at El Paso

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars

state name university
AL Samantha Michlowitz University of South Alabama
AZ Paige Swenson Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
CA Jason Gronich California State University-Monterey Bay
CA Lauren Zane University of California-Berkeley
CA Nikita Sridhar University of California-Los Angeles
CO Allison Moon Colorado College
CO Abigail Weeks University of Colorado at Boulder
CT Danielle Losos Yale University
DC Liza Wilson The American University
DE Paul Ernst University of Delaware
DE Rucha Wani University of Delaware
FL Evan Coit Eckerd College
FL Sydney Hauser Eckerd College
FL Kelly Krause Eckerd College
FL Jennifer Necker Eckerd College
FL Joedeelee Rigdon Eckerd College
FL Isabela Rios Eckerd College
FL Brandon Rose Eckerd College
FL Annaliese Schrandt Eckerd College
FL Cecilia Thompson Eckerd College
FL Nikolaus Rentzke Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
FL Maya Thomas Nova Southeastern University
FL Corinne Allen University of Miami
FL Peter Aronson University of Miami
FL Landon Chen University of Miami
FL Joshua Dominguez University of Miami
FL Samantha Orndorff University of Miami
FL Liam Sheji University of Miami
FL Rebecca Vanarnam University of Miami
FL Alison Walker University of Miami
FL Victoria Zelinski University of Miami
GA Michelle Graham Mercer University
GA Jamon Jordan University of Georgia
GA Angela Tsao University of Georgia
HI Grant Sanderson University of Hawaii at Hilo
IA Toni Sleugh Iowa State University
IN Gabe Prough Ball State University
IN Ashley Finster University of Notre Dame
IN John Hlavin University of Notre Dame
IN Brennan Dettmann Valparaiso University
KS Apolonia Arteaga University of Kansas Main Campus
KS Anna Wilson University of Kansas Main Campus
LA Gregory Melo Northeast Louisiana University
LA Joseph Parton Northeast Louisiana University
MA Stevie Walker Boston College
MA Natalie Baillargeon Hampshire College
MA Arielle Blacklow Harvard University
MA Sarah Weidman Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MA Heather Gaughan Massachusetts Maritime Academy
MA Allison Noble Northeastern University
MA Wyndom Chace Williams College
MD Jasmine Blust Johns Hopkins University
MD Nicholas Balasus University of Maryland Baltimore County
MD Katherine Ball University of Maryland Baltimore County
MD Arianna Cacic University of Maryland Baltimore County
MD Jessica Boyer University of Maryland College Park
MD John Cahill University of Maryland College Park
MD Maya Fields University of Maryland College Park
MD Amanda O'Shaughnessy University of Maryland College Park
MD Clairisse Reiher University of Maryland College Park
ME Sophia Miller Bates College
ME Zoe Dietrich Bowdoin College
ME Catherine Mahoney Maine Maritime Academy
ME Brynn Yarbrough University of Maine
ME Crista Kieley University of New England
ME Gina Scott University of New England
MI Dennis Weaver Central Michigan University
MI Mary Griffith Western Michigan University
MN Conor Broderick Macalester College
MO Annika Margevich Saint Louis University
NC Danielle Jackson East Carolina University
NC Iliana Claudio North Carolina State University
NC Hannah Cooper North Carolina State University
NC Anna Humphrey North Carolina State University
NC Robert Van Der Drift North Carolina State University
NC Grace Carter University of North Carolina Wilmington
NC Rachylle Hart University of North Carolina Wilmington
NC Sarah Nicholson University of North Carolina Wilmington
NE Brennen Darrah University of Nebraska-Lincoln
NH Marissa Gast University of New Hampshire
NJ Therese Apuzzo Rutgers the State University of New Jersey New Brunswick Campus
NJ Nilanjana Das The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
NY Jack Elstner Cornell University
NY Jack Polentes Hobart and William Smith Colleges
NY Anna Feldman Syracuse University Main Campus
NY Sommer Meyer University of Rochester
OH Luke Bobay The Ohio State University Main Campus
OH Jacob Trzybinski Xavier University
OK Zoe Douglas University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
OK Emily McCutchan University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
OK Amanda Novak University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
OK Mya Sears University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
OR Simone Burton Oregon State University
OR Natalie Murphy Reed College
OR Mackenzie Myers University of Oregon
PA Lauren Sherman Gettysburg College
PA Benjamin Fellman Millersville University of Pennsylvania
PA Chad Wiley Millersville University of Pennsylvania
PA Jessica Briggs Penn State University Park
PA Grant Lachat Penn State University Park
PA Andrew Mardirossian Penn State University Park
PA Jacob Morse Penn State University Park
PA Kallan Parker Penn State University Park
PA Bryttani Wooten Penn State University Park
PA Benjamin May University of Pennsylvania
PA Eve Kopicki University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Campus
RI Elizabeth Saraf University of Rhode Island
SC Riley Garvey Clemson University
SC Caleb Todd Clemson University
SC Ryan Ware Coastal Carolina University
SC Camryn Arnstein University of South Carolina-Columbia
SC Hannah Aycock University of South Carolina-Columbia
SC Maura Glovins University of South Carolina-Columbia
SC Jaquan High University of South Carolina-Columbia
SC Claudia Moncada University of South Carolina-Columbia
SC Sara Nix University of South Carolina-Columbia
SD Hannah Neumiller Black Hills State University
TX Leanne Blind-Doskocil Texas A&M University
TX Joseph Langfeld Texas A&M University
VA Seth Hatfield Lord Fairfax Community College
VA Caroline Jones Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
WA Ildiko Kremper Everett Community College
WA Surabhi Biyani University of Washington--Seattle
WA Vail Dark Western Washington University
WA Dexter Davis Western Washington University
WA Spencer Johnson Western Washington University