National deadline: January 29, 2016 11:59 PM EST 


    • U.S. citizen
    • Full-time status as a college sophomore at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories
    • Cumulative and semester/quarter GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in all completed undergraduate courses and in the major field of study
    • Majoring in a discipline area related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, or education, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA's programs and mission, e.g., biological, social and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education. 

    Award summary: The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $9,500 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($700/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and academic assistance (up to a maximum of $9,500) 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.

    Application process: online 

    Application requirements: 

    • Completed online application :
    • Essay (1) uploaded into application
    • Academic references (2) sent from the applicant's university/college faculty member uploaded into the application. References from family, friends, employers or high school teachers will not be accepted.
    • Unofficial transcript(s) uploaded into the online application

    Selection: Applications are evaluated by a NOAA OED review panel based on the following criteria:

    • Relevant course work (30%).
    • Education plan and statement of career interest (40%).
    • Academic recommendations and/or endorsements (reference forms) (20%).
    • Additional relevant experience related to diversity of education; extracurricular activities; honors and awards; non-academic and volunteer work; interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills (10%).

    In determining final awards, the NOAA selection official reserves the right to select student candidates out of rank order based on program-specific objectives and to ensure distribution across academic disciplines, type of institution, and geographic location.

    Notification date: First week of April via email

    Faculty representative: Keith Raether

    For more information, contact Student Scholarship Programs at: or (301) 628-2913