National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Fields of Study

Eligibility by UCI School: Biological Sciences, Education, Engineering, Information & Computer Science, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences

NOAA Hollings applicants must have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to: oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, computer and information science, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA’s programs and mission.



To be eligible for an NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be currently enrolled or accepted at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories as either:
    • a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year undergraduate program, or
    • a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program;
  • Earn and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another identified scale) each term, as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 in your major field of study.


Scholarship Benefits

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer.

The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical 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 and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.



Applications are evaluated by a review panel on the following criteria: relevant coursework; strength of education plan and statement of career interest essay; strength of letters of recommendation; and additional relevant experience related to diversity of education, extracurricular activities, honors and awards, non-academic and volunteer work, and communication skills.

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