New Opportunity Awaits: NOAA Hollings Scholarship


If you have ever been to a grand reef or had the chance to see an iceberg up close, you know that these are precious, beautiful natural creations that humans must fight to preserve. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awards the Ernest F. Hollings scholarships to students who are passionate about the climate, weather, oceans, and coasts; are interested in conservation; and are eager to share their knowledge with others. NOAA values the future of the planet by investing in the future of students around the country.


Senator Ernest F. Hollings spent his political career in South Carolina as a champion for ocean policy and conservation. He was instrumental in the enactment of the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Oceans Dumping Act, and the Sustainable Fisheries Act. The Hollings scholarship was started after his retirement in 2005 and has been awarded to over a thousand students.


Eligible sophomores may apply for this scholarship, which helps fund tuition during their junior and senior years of study as well as provides a paid 10-week summer internship. As every student knows, hands-on practical experience in an internship will help you in your future career. The internship between the first and second years of the award does just that with experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities.


Annually, the NOAA Hollings scholarship receives around 500 applicants and awards the scholarship to an average of 118 recipients. This award is applicable to both four-year and five-year programs. Students must earn and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA during their studies as a Hollings scholarship recipient. Eligible applicants must be studying in a NOAA field which includes a broad range of disciplines.. If you plan a career as a research scientist; wish to apply your social science skills to issues of ocean policy, climate, and conservation; or are interested in teaching science, you are a potential applicant.


Eligible Fields of Study:

Oceanic Science

Environmental Science

Biological Science

Atmospheric Science



Remote sensing technology





Teacher education

If you are interested in applying for the NOAA Hollings Scholarship, the deadline for applications is January 31, 2017. To apply, students must complete the application form, one essay, their official school transcript and two letters of recommendation. We encourage all students thinking of applying to visit the CFSA office to discuss their application.