The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that eight University of Miami students were selected as 2014 NOAA/Ernest F. Hollings Scholars. UM recipients are among 106 Hollings Scholars selected from colleges and universities across the country.

UM’s 2014 Hollings Scholars are:

Michael Connelly — Biology and Marine Science

Danielle Cox — Geology And Environmental Studies

Nicholas Hahlbeck — Marine Science/Biology

Julia Paine — Marine Sciences

Jonathan Peake — Marine Science & Biology

Amelia Roskar — Marine Science/Biology

Justin Suca — Marine Science/Biology

Drew Taplin — Geography

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.