Announcing the 2021 NOAA undergraduate scholars

NOAA Office of Education has selected 125 Ernest F. Hollings undergraduate scholarship recipients and 18 José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) undergraduate scholarship recipients for the classes of 2021. Scholars receive a two-year academic scholarship for their junior and senior years, paid summer internship opportunities, and funding to participate in two national scientific conferences.

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Paola stands in front of a large white vessel. The ships side displays the NOAA logo and
Paola Santiago, a 2019 NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions undergraduate scholar, stands in front of the NOAA Ship Pisces, a fisheries survey vessel at the Florida Mayport Naval Station. (Nohemi Perales, NOAA EPP/MSI scholar)

“We are excited to welcome the highly qualified class of 2021 scholars", said Louisa Koch, Director of NOAA Education. "We are impressed by their eagerness and delighted to welcome them to the NOAA team. We congratulate them on being selected as scholars in these prestigious undergraduate programs. In 2020, we successfully adapted our internships in response to COVID-19 and we look forward to building upon that success in 2021.”

This year, 721 applications were submitted for these two competitive scholarships. The selected applicants of both NOAA undergraduate scholarship programs come from a total of 88 different campuses in 39 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The 2021 EPP/MSI undergraduate scholars finished their two-week long orientation on June 3, and began their first internships on June 7, 2021. Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, most 2021 internships will be conducted virtually. The Hollings undergraduate scholars attended orientation from June 1-3, 2021, and will complete their internships during the summer of 2022. 

During orientation, scholars were welcomed by Ben Friedman, NOAA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Operations and Acting NOAA Administrator. Mr. Friedman spoke not only about NOAA, but also shared pivotal points in his own career path, for which scholars enthusiastically thanked him. Scholars spent the remainder of orientation hearing from line and staff office leadership, learning about past and present internship opportunities, connecting with their peers, and engaging with scholarship program staff to learn about their next two years as a NOAA undergraduate scholar. 

The scholars also shared their reasons for wanting to be a NOAA scholar, and there were nearly as many different answers as there were scholars in attendance! Some scholars shared a childhood dream of working at NOAA, while others wanted to embrace the opportunity to explore new career possibilities, gain mentors, connect with like-minded peers, and conduct high impact research. Despite having varied reasons for applying, everyone had a similar response to how they were feeling at orientation — excited, inspired, and thankful.   

The scholarship application period for the class of 2022 opens on September 1, 2021, and will close on January 31, 2022.

Nathan sits at an office desk and poses in front of a computer monitor that displays data and a map.
Hollings scholar Nathan Lis interned at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. Nathan studied the effect of land surface models on forecast accuracy for the Warn-on-Forecast system. In the picture, he is in the office in the National Weather Center. (Chris Rattray)

 

EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholars

State Name University
AK Keith Sellers University of Alaska Southeast
AZ Stella Heflin University of Arizona
CA Dominick Davis Humboldt State University
CA Devynn Gately California State University, Monterey Bay
DC Trinity Gbla Howard University
FL Kyra Freeney Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
FL Rose Leeger Nova Southeastern University
FL Gracia Rojas The College of the Florida Keys
FL Nadia Vidal Difré Valencia Community College
HI Tehani Malterre University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
HI Ronja Steinbach University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
MS Taylon White Jackson State University
NY Ricardo Polanco City College of New York
NY Derrick Seegars New York City College of Technology
PR Yesenia Rivera-Lopez University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez Campus
TX Emily Fritsche University of Houston - Downtown
VA Gabryelle McDaniel Hampton University
VA Auriel Sanders Hampton University

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars

State Name University
AL Emily Wisinski University of Alabama in Huntsville
CA Nicole Adamson University of California, San Diego
CA Emma Centeno University of California, Berkeley
CA Oliver Dewey Pomona College
CA Kyle Friedman Stanford University
CA Medha Gelli Scripps College
CA Nabiha Hasan Orange Coast College
CA Gabriel Konar-Steenberg Pomona College
CA Hannah Mandell Pomona College
CA Rohith Moolakatt University of California, Berkeley
CA Cece Odell University of San Diego
CA Jesse Robinett University of California, San Diego
CA Audrey Sarin California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
CA Sydney Schmitter Stanford University
CA William Rhys Tallentire University of California, San Diego
CA Sara Vanaki University of San Diego
CO Marin Macdonald Colorado State University
CT Caroline Webb University of Connecticut
DC Audrey Cox George Washington University
DE Caldonia Carmello University of Delaware
DE Rachel Davitt University of Delaware
DE Willa Lane University of Delaware
FL Anne Baldino University of Miami
FL Sophia Bickerton Eckerd College
FL Elizabeth Callahan Eckerd College
FL Lily-Havana De Laforcade Eckerd College
FL Hudson Filas Eckerd College
FL Hayley Flanagan University of Miami
FL Sofia Gluskin University of South Florida
FL Karsen Henwood Eckerd College
FL Kim Ho University of South Florida
FL Abril Hunter Florida State University
FL Isabella Kemp University of Florida
FL Nikolas Kuncis Nova Southeastern University
FL Cameron Larmer Eckerd College
FL Isabel Moyer Eckerd College
FL Emily Speciale University of Miami
FL Olivia Tuckey University of South Florida
GA Kathryn Boyle University of Georgia
GA Chase Fiveash University of Georgia
GA Pierce Mastrion Mercer University
GA Killian Mcsweeney University of Georgia
HI Caroline Edmonds University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
HI Kyra Leon University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
HI Sydney Lewis University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
HI Keanu Rochette-Yu Tsuen University of Hawaiʻi Kapi'olani Community College
IA Mark De Bruin Iowa State University
IA Brier Klossing Iowa State University
IL Caroline Capone University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
IL Wyatt Mosiman Northwestern University
IL Jaydeep Pillai University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
IL Divya Rea University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
IN Peyton Camden Valparaiso University
KS Mary Sevart University of Kansas
LA Connor Delaune Northeast Louisiana University
MA Aviva Intveld Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MA Julia Wolf Mount Holyoke College
MD Reese Barrett University of Maryland, College Park
MD Julia Kischkat University of Maryland, College Park
MD Siobhan Light University of Maryland, College Park
MD Yulia Lim University of Maryland, College Park
MD Gabriel Mignardi University of Maryland, College Park
MD Eric Robinson University of Maryland, College Park
ME Clara Benadon Bowdoin College
ME Elinor Tierney-Fife Bates College
MI Michelle Zemke Michigan State University
MN Karly Beaumont University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
MN Cullen Hauck Saint Olaf College
NC Kelly Koehler North Carolina State University
NC Sophie Maginnes Duke University
NC Magdalena Phillips Duke University
NC Alex Reulbach University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ND Patricia Hopp University of North Dakota
NE Logan Howard University of Nebraska - Lincoln
NE Abigail Seibel University of Nebraska - Lincoln
NH Amanda Calhoun Dartmouth College
NY Alexandra Dwyer Hobart and William Smith Colleges
NY Jacob Feuerstein Cornell University
NY Ellen Jorgensen Syracuse University
NY Caroline Schwab City College of New York
NY Abigail Whittington Vassar College
OH Kate Lochridge Bowling Green State University
OH Ania Wellere Denison University
OH Sean Whelan The Ohio State University
OK Marcus Ake University of Oklahoma - Norman Campus
OK Marshall Baldwin University of Oklahoma - Norman Campus
OK Liza Williams University of Tulsa
OR Julia Rankin Oregon State University
OR Sophia Zoll Oregon State University
PA Delián Colón Burgos Penn State University - University Park
PA Lauren Janicke Carnegie Mellon University
PA David Marcial Penn State - University Park
PA Lillian Muller Penn State - University Park
PA Jacob Snyder Penn State - University Park
PR Joaris Hernández Morales University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez Campus
RI Rosalind Bailey University of Rhode Island
RI Cassandra Deblois Roger Williams University
RI Emily Drappeau University of Rhode Island
RI Julia Grossman Brown University
RI Sebastian Murray-Brown University of Rhode Island
RI Elizabeth Taylor University of Rhode Island
SC Harrison Bench University of South Carolina
SC Heather Bruck University of South Carolina
SC Connor Cozad College of Charleston
SC Kaitlyn Dirr University of South Carolina
SC Emily Dombrowski College of Charleston
SC Emma Jackson University of South Carolina
SC Erin Kemp University of South Carolina
SC Claire White College of Charleston
SD Jacob Lindblom South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
TN Joslyn Primicias University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
TX Zoie Bright Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
TX Caleb Combs Houston Community College
TX Katherine Faulkner University of Texas at Austin
VA Carlee Dunn College of William and Mary
VA Erin Foreman Virginia Wesleyan College
VA Schyler Turner Hampton University
VA Leah Wilczynski James Madison University
VT Danielle Berger University of Vermont
VT Gabrielle Brown Northern Vermont University - Lyndon
VT Rachel Palladino Northern Vermont University - Lyndon
WA Leah Davis University of Washington
WA Anna Finch University of Washington
WA Madison Gard Western Washington University
WA Ana Olsen University of Washington
WI Isaac Schluesche University of Wisconsin-Madison

José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship

The Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) was established in 2000 to support the education of postsecondary students pursuing degrees that directly support NOAA’s mission. In 2019, Congress renamed the program as the José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program in honor of Congressman Serrano. The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship includes a two-year academic award of $9,500 per year, and two summer internship opportunities. Scholars also receive funds to present the results of their NOAA research projects at two national conferences. Students must attend a minority serving institution, have and maintain a 3.2 or higher GPA and a declared major in a NOAA-mission related discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical sciences, including physics, geography and hydrology as well as social sciences.

Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship

The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship was established in 2005 in honor of Senator Ernest F. Hollings, who was well known for supporting ocean policy and conservation. Senator Hollings passed away in 2019. The Hollings Scholarship includes a two-year academic award of $9,500 per year, and a 10-week, full-time, paid summer internship opportunity at any NOAA facility nationwide. Scholars also receive funding to present their NOAA research projects at two national scientific conferences. Students apply in their second year of undergraduate study and each must be a full-time undergraduate majoring in a NOAA mission field such as oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical sciences, social sciences, and teacher education.

Contact: NOAA Office of Education
1315 East West Hwy SSMC 3 / Rm 10734
Silver Spring, MD 20910
For the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, please email studentscholarshipprograms@noaa.gov
For the José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship, please email epp.usp@noaa.gov

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