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Four Eckerd College Sophomores Selected as 2008 NOAA Hollings Scholars

posted on 05/10/2008

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded scholarships in the 2008 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program to four Eckerd College sophomores: Ben Cournoyer, Lindley Maryoung, Michelle McEachern and Heather Relyea.

Since its inception in 2005, 21 Eckerd students have been named Hollings Scholars - more than any other college or university in the U.S. - topping Cornell University (15), University of Oklahoma (15) and Penn State University (13).

Ben Cournoyer '10 is majoring in Marine Science. He is from Seymour, Connecticut.

Lindley Maryoung '10 is double majoring in Environmental Studies and Marine Science with a Biology concentration. She is the daughter of Victor and Terese Maryoung of Rowlett Texas.

Michelle McEachern '10 is majoring in Marine Science with a concentration in Biology and Environmental Studies. She is the daughter of Denise and Steve McEachern of Livermore, California.

Heather Relyea '10 is majoring in Marine Science with a Geophysics concentration and double minoring in Spanish and Mathematics. She is the daughter of Susan and Wayne Relyea of Middletown, New Jersey.

About the Hollings Scholarship
The undergraduate scholarships, awarded in honor of Senator Hollings (South Carolina-D) who championed the creation of the NOAA and was among the most vocal of ocean advocates during his 36 years in Congress, are awarded annually to accredited college or university students interested in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology and education. The purpose of the Hollings Scholarship Program is to increase public understanding and recruit and prepare students for public service careers or careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science.

Recipients are eligible for up to $8,000 of academic assistance per year for full-time study during the junior and senior years; a 10-week, paid internship during the summer of 2008, including a housing subsidy; round-trip travel to the internship site; and travel expenses to the Hollings program conference in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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