Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program. The scholarship is available for U.S. citizens. The purpose of the program is to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities.

NOAA’s Office of Education provides advice and counsel to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere in matters pertaining to education.


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, geometrics, or teacher education that support NOAA’s programs and mission.

How to Apply:

To apply for the Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, applicants must apply online through the given link:

Award Amount:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Application Deadline:

Application for the scholarship program is due January 29, 2016.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

For more information about the Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, contact: NOAA Office of Education/Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship at or call (301) 628-2913.

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