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Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship(1)

The Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides selected undergraduate applicants with a scholarship award (up to a maximum of $9,500) for two academic years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time internship ($700/week) during the summer at a NOAA or partner facility. The internship is conducted between the first and second years of the award, and provides “hands-on” multidisciplinary educational training experience involving student scholars in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include a mandatory NOAA orientation during the last week of May in the first year of the scholarship award; a housing allowance ($200/week) for student scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship; round-trip travel to the internship site including reimbursement for incidentals; travel expenses for attendance and participation at the NOAA Science and Education Symposium (Final Week presentations) in Silver Spring, MD, at the completion of the internship; and conference travel to attend professional conferences and present the results of the NOAA internship project.

To be eligible to apply for the 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 undergraduate program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program at an accredited college 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 science teacher education.

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