Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education administers the Ernest F. Hollings and EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Programs in order to promote the education and training of students in NOAA sciences. The scholarship is designed to 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 scholarship program provides selected undergraduate applicants with a scholarship award (up to a maximum of $9,500 and a 10-week, full-time internship ($700/week) during the summer.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is an American scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere.


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.

How to Apply:

Applying process is completely on-line. You can register through the given link, to be enter in scholarship program:

Supporting Documents:

  • One essay
  • Unofficial college transcript(s) (one for each institution attended; uploaded into the online application) and
  • Two academic references submitted online by the applicant’s university/college faculty member. References from NOAA employees, family members, staff members of applicant’s academic institutions, or other students/friends will not be accepted. NOAA Education will accept references from NOAA employees only if the employee is also a faculty member at the applicant’s college/university

Financial Aid and Award Money:

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study during the 9-month academic year and a 10-week, full-time internship position ($700/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility.

Application Deadline:

All applications and supporting materials must be received by the application deadline i.e.Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, at 11:59 PM EST.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

NOAA strongly encourages scholarship applicants to contact the Office of Education, if they have questions by email at:

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