Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) Scholarship Program for Undergraduate Students

Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) Scholarship Program for Undergraduate U.S. Students

Study Subject(s): Oceanic and atmospheric sciences
Course Level: Undergraduate
Scholarship Provider: NOAA
Scholarship can be taken at: USA

Scholarship Description
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to:
  1. increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
  2. increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;
  3. recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and
  4. recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.
To be eligible to apply for Hollings Scholarship, at the time of application (annually September through January) you must:
  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be 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 or university within the United States or U.S. territories;
  • earn and maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other identified scale) in all completed undergraduate courses each semester or quarter, as well as have and maintain a cumulative GPA in your major field of study. The grade point average requirement applies for every semester or quarter, cumulative, and in your major field of study prior to and at the time of application for a scholarship, for the period between application and award notification, and after award distribution; and
  • 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, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission.
Eligible groups
All US citizens meeting the above 'Eligibility' criteria

Participating Institutions
Any accredited college or university or university within the United States or U.S. territories

Fields of study
Related discipline areas of study may include: biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.

Number of awards
Not specified by provider

Sponsorship duration
Whole duration of study

Scholarship benefits
Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with:
  • awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year;
  • a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and,
  • if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year.
The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities.

Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

Method of Application
To apply for a Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, applicants may apply online at The application is available annually September through January.

If you do not have Internet access, hard-copy applications can be requested by contacting: NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship located: NOAA/Office of Education (OEd.), 1315 East West Highway, Room 10734, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6233, Attn: Student Scholarship Team, or you may email:

What must I submit to apply?
Applicants are required to submit ALL of the following items for an application to be deemed complete and eligible:
  • A completed scholarship application form;
  • one essay;
  • official college transcript(s) (one for each institution attended; sent directly to NOAA by the institution); and
  • two academic references sent from the applicant’s university/college faculty member. References from employers, parent’s friends, neighbors, high school teachers, teaching assistants, etc. will not be accepted.
For detailed information, please visit the official website and also see the 'Frequently Asked Questions' (links below).

For additional information regarding the Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, view the "Frequently Asked Questions" (see link below); OR send an email to

Scholarship Application Deadline: January 31, 2013 11:59PM EST
Scholarship Open for International Students: No

Resource: Hollings Frequently Asked Questions.

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