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Eckerd College Continues National Lead in NOAA Hollings Scholarships

posted on 04/12/2013

Seven Eckerd College students have been selected as 2013 Hollings Scholars, topping a list of more than 80 U.S. institutions. Since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Scholarship competition began in 2005, Eckerd students have won 53 scholarships. No other college or university in the nation comes close to this achievement. 

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"Our designation as the top producer of Hollings Scholars continues an outstanding record for Eckerd College," said Eckerd President Dr. Donald R. Eastman III. "Not only are we proud of our students' success, but it is a testament of our faculty's commitment to preparing students for extensive training and research early in their college careers."

Eckerd's total of seven winners is more than any other U.S. college or university. Coming in second was the University of Miami and Penn State University with five recipients each, Florida State University placed third with four recipients, and eight other institutions had three each.

Eckerd College continues to expand its lead as the top winner of Hollings Scholarships since the NOAA program was introduced in 2005. Most notably, Eckerd is a private, liberal arts college in a sea of public research universities.

Hollings Scholarships at the Top Five Schools
1. Eckerd College (53)
2. University of Miami (36)
3. Penn State University (33)
4. University of Oklahoma (31)
5. Cornell University (26)

Eckerd's 2013 recipients are among 126 Hollings Scholars selected from 82 U.S. colleges and universities:
Alison Clift '15 of Steep Falls, Maine, double majoring in marine science and environmental studies
Christopher Flight '15 of Schaumberg, Ill., majoring in marine science
Jeffrey Good '15, of Pittsburgh, Pa., majoring in marine science
Laura Mowczam '15 of Neptune, N.J., majoring in marine science
Colleen O'Brien '15 of Chardon, Ohio, double majoring in marine science and biochemistry
Melissa Pappas '15 of Tempe, Ariz., double majoring in marine science and Spanish
Jordan Trimble '15 of Rockford, Mich., majoring in marine science  

Each recipient will receive an $8000 scholarship for the junior year, an $8,000 scholarship for the senior year, and a 10-week fully paid internship at a NOAA agency in the summer between junior and senior year. The internship provides the Scholars with hands-on, practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities.

The Hollings program has resulted in nearly $850,000 in scholarships for Eckerd students and approximately $170,000 in internship support.

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.

Click on the following links to view Eckerd's previous Hollings Scholars:
2012 Hollings Scholars (7)
2011 Hollings Scholars (6)
2010 Hollings Scholars (6)
2009 Hollings Scholars (6)
2008 Hollings Scholars (4)
2007 Hollings Scholars (8)
2006 Hollings Scholars (5)
2005 Hollings Scholars (4)

Congratulations to the 2013 recipients!

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