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2015 Hollings Internship Feature: National Marine Sanctuaries

2015 Hollings Scholars: National Marine Sanctuaries
Left to right: Courtney Knox, Billie Case, Alexandria Barkman, Kathryn Hobart, Lyndsey Tanabe, Makanani Bell
Each year, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries hosts several undergraduate Hollings scholars at sites across the National Marine Sanctuary System. Read more...


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

  1. increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
  2. increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;
  3. 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
  4. 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.

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.

To be eligible to apply for Hollings Scholarship, at the time of application (annually September through January) you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university or university within the United States or U.S. territories;
  • earn and maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other identified scale) in all completed undergraduate courses each term and cumulative, as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 in your major field of study. The grade point average requirement applies prior to and at the time of application for a scholarship, for the period between application and award notification, and after award distribution; and
  • have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission.

Related discipline areas of study may include: biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.

For additional information regarding the Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, view our Frequently Asked Questions send an email to

Year One:

September to January – Application period.

April – Scholarship recipients notified.

Last week of May (beginning Memorial Day holiday) – NOAA orientation and training program in Silver Spring, MD (mandatory attendance for all new student scholars).

August to September – Summer internship opportunities identified by NOAA mentors.

September – Disbursement of academic scholarship.

October - Student scholars receive summer internship opportunities.

October to December - Student scholars contact NOAA mentors to solidify summer internship.

December to April – Student scholars conduct internship site visit.

Year Two:

May – Student scholars begin internship, bi-weekly stipend payments begin.

End of July/Beginning of August – Student scholars present their summer projects during mandatory final presentation week in Silver Spring, MD.

September – Disbursement of monthly academic scholarship awards.

May - June – Scholarship ends.

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

2015 Student Science & Education Symposium Presentation Award Winners

2015 Student Science & Education Symposium Presentation Award Winners
Left to right, Back Row: Dr. Spinrad, Katrina Rosemond, Charlotte Eckmann, Samantha Levell, Amanda Murphy, Milton Martinez-Torres, Thomas Ludwig, Julia Maine, Joshua Wadler Front Row: Danielle Cox, Abigail Hummel, Emily Wallingford, Leigh Terry, Lewis Kunik
From July 28 – 30th, 2015, the NOAA Office of Education held its annual Student Science and Education Symposium. The Symposium was attended by 123 Hollings and Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) undergraduate scholars. The scholars presented the results of their summer internships with NOAA labs and offices throughout the United States. The three day event was filled with impressive oral and poster presentation sessions, information sharing and networking opportunities. The symposium culminated in a closing ceremony with inspiring remarks delivered by Dr. Richard Spinrad, the NOAA Chief Scientist. Read more...

Hollings Alumni Spotlight: NOAA Corps Officers

News June 2015
Have you ever considered a career with the NOAA Corps? Several Hollings undergraduate scholars have progressed into exciting careers with the NOAA Corps after completing their degrees. These Hollings alumni have had the opportunity to build a strong foundation of scientific and leadership skills while advancing mission critical research and traveling the world’s oceans. NOAA Corps Officers are trained in ocean sciences, meteorology, engineering, as well as other NOAA-related fields, and play a critical role in NOAA’s scientific and environmental missions. Read more...
Click the link below to view the .pdf version of the Hollings FAQs

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs)