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Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Provides support for undergraduate students majoring in a discipline area that supports the mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program is designed to: increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; recruit and prepare students for public service careers with the NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and 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.  Eligible undergraduates studying 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 are encouraged to apply. 

Selection Criteria

Evaluation will be based on the following criteria:

  • Relevant course work (30%);

  • Education plan and statement of career interest of student (40%);

  • Recommendations and/or endorsements of student (20%);

  • Additional relevant experience related to diversity of education; extracurricular activities; honors and awards; non-academic and volunteer work; interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills (10%).


Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens;

  • 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;

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in all completed undergraduate courses;

  • Be majoring in a discipline area related to oceanic, environmental and atmospheric science; remote sensing technology; or education, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission, e.g., biological, social, and physical science; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; hydrology; geomatics; and teacher education.


The scholarship provides:

  • Up to $8,000 of academic assistance per academic year for full-time study during the junior and senior years;

  • A required, 10-week, paid internship during the summer between the junior and senior years at NOAA or a NOAA approved facility.


The scholarship provides academic assistance for up to two years.

For more information:

Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship



Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)