The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that seven University of Miami students were selected as 2015 NOAA/Ernest F. Hollings Scholars. UM recipients are among 150 Hollings Scholars selected from colleges and universities across the country.

UM’s 2015 Hollings Scholars are:

Leah Chomiak — Oceanography

Benjamin Graznow —Chemistry

Elska Kaczmarek — Marine Science/Biology

Charles Luisi — Marine Sciences

Emily Mazur — Marine Science/Biology

Hallee Meltzer — Environmental Science

Kevin Reagan — Marine Science/Biology

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 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.

The Hollings undergraduate scholarships, awarded in honor of Senator Ernest F. Hollings (South Carolina-D) who championed the creation of NOAA and was among the most vocal of ocean advocates during his 36 years in Congress, are awarded annually to accredited college or university students interested in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology and education. The purpose of the Hollings Scholarship Program is to increase public understanding and recruit and prepare students for public service careers or careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science.