NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides selected undergraduate awardees with a scholarship award for two academic years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship at a NOAA or partner facility during the summer (conducted the summer between the first and second years of the award). Awards also include a mandatory NOAA orientation in the first year of the scholarship award; a housing allowance 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; and conference travel to attend up to two professional conferences and present the results of the NOAA internship project.

Application Materials

  • Application
  • Essay
  • Transcript(s)
  • Two references

What they’re looking for

  • Enrolled or accepted at an accredited college or university
  • 3.0 (4.0 scale) GPA or higher
  • Declared a major in one of the following:
    • Oceanic Science
    • Environmental Science
    • Biological Science
    • Atmospheric science
    • Mathematics
    • Engineering
    • Remote sensing techonology
    • Computer and information science
    • Physical and social science

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government
  • 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.
Academic Level
Field(s) of Study
Application Deadline
Nomination Required
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen