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8/15/05
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NOAA NAMES RECIPIENTS OF FIRST ERNEST F. HOLLINGS SCHOLARSHIP

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded scholarships to 110 undergraduate students from across the nation and Puerto Rico through the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program. The Hollings Scholarship program was established this year to honor retired Senator Ernest F. Hollings of South Carolina who promoted ocean research and the study of our atmosphere throughout his career.

The recipients will become Hollings Scholars at the start of their fall 2005 semester. The scholarship recipients include students from a range of undergraduate majors including earth, environmental and marine sciences; mathematics, computer science and physical science; life sciences; engineering; social sciences and teacher education. One of the unique features of the Hollings Scholarship Program is the inclusion of a broad range of NOAA related disciplines.

“Adding value to science requires a comprehensive workforce with a diverse set of skills and specialties. The Hollings scholarship addresses this need and provides college students with valuable experience in a variety of roles,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This scholarship is a vital component of NOAA’s efforts to expand environmental literacy.”

NOAA’s Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program provides each recipient up to $28,425 to support academic studies related to NOAA science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities, and a related internship designed to provide a “hands-on,” multi-disciplinary training experience.

The Hollings scholarship award includes academic assistance for full-time study during their junior and senior years (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year); a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650 per week) during the summer at a NOAA or partner facility; a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship; and travel expenses to attend and participate in a Hollings scholarship program conference at the end of the internship.

The Hollings Scholarship Program expands and supports NOAA’s 35-year commitment to enhance economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and provide environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. The program is part of a larger effort to enhance NOAA’s strategic efforts to promote environmental literacy and ensure a future, world-class workforce to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.

On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

Hollings Scholarship: http://www.orau.gov/noaa/HollingsScholarship