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NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), provides support and multidisciplinary learning experiences for undergraduate students interested in pursuing research, public service, or teaching careers in the oceanic and atmospheric sciences. The award includes academic assistance for full-time study during an academic year; a 10-week, full-time summer internship at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance for a second 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.

The program is designed to:

  • Increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric sciences, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
  • Increase public environmental literacy, understanding, and support for steward¬ship of the ocean and atmosphere;
  • Recruit and prepare students for public service careers, with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state, and local levels; and
  • Recruit and prepare students for careers as educators oceanic and atmospheric science and improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.
Eligibility Requirements
  • U.S. citizen
  • Full-time status as a sophomore or pre-junior.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in all completed undergraduate courses and in the major field of study.
  • Majoring in a discipline area related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, or educa¬tion, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s pro¬grams and mission, e.g., biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.

For more information and to apply, visit the NOAA Hollings Scholarship website.
Drexel applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Undergraduate Research and Enrichment Programs at least one month before the national deadline to discuss your application.

Related Awards:
Goldwater Scholarship; Udall Scholarship

Last updated: October 2018

Fields of Study:

  • Oceanic, environmental, biological and atmospheric sciences; mathematics; engineering; remote sensing technology; physical and social sciences incl. geography, physics, hydrology, or science teacher education


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Research
  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • Up to 2 years


  • January  

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad

GPA Cut Off:

  • 3


  • Up to $9,500 per year + 10-week, full-time summer internship ($700/week) at a NOAA facility; + travel to orientation and conferences