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Scholarships, Fellowships, Academic Internships, and Grants: Hollings

This guide is designed to assist members of the Eckerd College Community in identifying scholarships, grants, academic internships, and fellowship opportunities.

Program Description

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to:

  1. increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
  2. increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;
  3. 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
  4. 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.

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

Hollings Help Documents

Here is the link for Review Session from 12.5.2020 

Here is the link for the Outline of the Essay. 

  1. Start by making an outline (the same outline you made me make, listing my experiences and how they relate to the different parts of their mission)
  2. First draft should be LONG, include everything you listed in you outline.
  3. Make sure each paragraph ends or begins with a sentence relating the paragraph to the NOAA mission.
  4. You DON'T have to know who (i.e. specific researcher) you want to work with in NOAA when you write the essay, you can easily discuss a lab/location you might be interested in working in and why
  5. Take advantage of the last page of the application where it asks you to include Extracurricular activities. For example, in the E.A. section, in addition to including clubs and leadership position, I also included other research projects I had been apart of that I didn't get to talk about in my essay. In the Non-Academic Volunteer and Entrepreneurship Activities sections, I included volunteer experience, professional development (i.e. conferences, classes such as LSDP, etc.). In the awards and honors, I included scholarships, awards, certification(i.e. lifeguard cert, CPR First aid, SCUBA certs. etc.), and research presentation (Eckerd symposium).

Year of Application

Fall semester of Sophomore Year

Recordings of Information Sessions

Application Deadline

Generally, online applications open in September and are due in January each year.

  • Application Deadlines
    • Campus Deadline-Dec 10th
      • You will submit through  
      • Please apply here.
    • Hollings Deadline-Monday, January 31, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Application FAQs

Rubric from 2021 Cycle

Eckerd College Hollings Scholars

2022-Makalya Neldner and Maddie Reifsteck

2021-Lily-Havana de Laforcade, Cam Larmer, Isabel Moyer, Hudson Filas, Sophia Bickerton, Elizabeth Callahan, and Karsen Henwood.

2020-Hana Koilpillai, Max Miller, Mathias James Stamper, Nicole Vandale, Renee Veldman and Mark Yamane.

2019-Isabela Rios, Joedeelee Rigdon, Brandon Rose, Evan Coit, Sydney Hauser, Cecilia Thompson, Jennifer Necker, Annaliese Schrandt,and Kelly Krause.

2018-Eliza Mills, Herbert Leavitt, Justin Chandler-Holtz,  Brianna Matthews, Rosemary Burkhalter-Castro and Tristan Shonat 

2017-Kyle Vincent, Amanda Goldsmith, Sophia MacVittie, Courtney Tierney, Jeffrey Michalic, Anjali Boyd, Nicole Pegg, and Brooke Davis

2016:  Jessica Heckman, Emily Colson, Lucy Fitzgerald and Abigail Thomas