National deadline: January 30, 2015, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Program description:  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to:

  • increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
  • increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;
  • 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
  • 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.


    • U.S. citizenship
    • 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 $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 Hollings 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: Electronic only

    • Completed online application :
    • One essay uploaded into application
    • Two academic references 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 review panel 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