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Monmouth University student Rebecca Leitt, a marine and environmental biology and policy major, has received the 2012 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The scholarship provides academic assistance for two academic years and a summer internship with NOAA.

Rebecca’s Honors thesis advisor, Dr. Ursula Howson, states “Rebecca is an outstanding student who is a deserving recipient of this award. In addition to an academic scholarship, next summer Rebecca will have the opportunity to conduct research at almost any NOAA research lab in the country.”

The NOAA Ernest F. 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.

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