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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 two academic years and a 10-week, full-time summer internship at a NOAA facility.

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.

About the NOAA Hollings Scholarship

The 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 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.

Who Should Apply?

Undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in the environmental, oceanic, or atmospheric sciences, including STEM education. 

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • have full-time status as a sophomore or pre-junior
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in all completed undergraduate courses and in the major field of study
  • major in a discipline area related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, or education, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission, e.g., biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.

How to Apply

Drexel applicants are strongly encouraged to contact UREP at at least one month before the national deadline to discuss your application.

More Information

For official information on the NOAA Hollings Scholarship (which supersedes any information provided here) and access to the online application, please visit the NOAA Hollings Scholarship website.

Related Awards:

Goldwater Scholarship; Udall Scholarship

Last updated: October 2023


  • January 31, 2024 

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

Program Type:

  • Co-op Compatible
  • Professional Opportunity
  • Public Service
  • Research
  • Study
  • Travel
  • Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship

Program Length:

  • Multi-year

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad


  • United States


  • US Citizen/National