The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), provides support and multidisciplinary learning experiences for under-graduate students interested in pursuing research, public service, or teaching careers in the oceanic and atmo¬spheric sciences. Awards include academic assistance for full-time study during an academic year; a ten-week summer internship at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance for a second academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen
  • Full-time status as a second-year college student at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories.
  • Cumulative and semester 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 educa¬tion, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s pro¬grams and mission, e.g., biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.

General Information

The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program was established in 2005 to honor retiring Senator Ernest F. Hollings of South Carolina. Coordinated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Education, in conjunction with the Education Council, the program supports the mission to understand and predict changes in the earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our nation’s eco¬nomic, social, and environmental needs. The program is designed to:

  • Increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric sciences, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
  • Increase public environmental literacy, understanding, and support for steward¬ship of the ocean and atmosphere;
  • Recruit and prepare students for public service careers, with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state, and local levels; and
  • Recruit and prepare students for careers as educators oceanic and atmospheric science and improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance of up to $8,000 for full-time study during the nine-month academic year; a ten-week, full-time summer internship position ($650/week) at a NOAA facility; and, if reap¬pointed, academic assistance of up to $8,000 for full-time study during a sec¬ond nine-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, manage¬ment, 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 Instructions

All application instructions and materials are available at the NOAA web site. UM applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at least one month before the national deadline to ensure adequate time is available to review your application. An advisor or faculty mentor will help ensure that you are submitting the best most complete impression of you.

Application Time Line

September 2015
Application is available online.

January 2016
Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to NOAA.