Eight UNCW Students Awarded Prestigious Hollings Scholarships

Friday, April 17, 2015

Eight University of North Carolina Wilmington students have been named 2015 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship recipients. A total of 150 undergraduates from across the nation were selected by NOAA to receive these awards.

The students, with their listed majors, are:

-       Lauren Cromie, Marine Biology
-       Ashley Hann, Marine Biology
-       Anita Harrington, Marine Biology/Oceanography
-       Amelia Johnson, Marine Biology
-       Jin-Si Over, Geology
-       Danielle Siegert, Marine Biology/Oceanography
-       Ellen Regina Skelton, Marine Biology
-       Audrey Taylor, Geography

UNCW’s tally of eight scholarships was second nationally only to the University of South Carolina and University of Maryland College Park, who each had nine. Other leading universities garnering Hollings scholarships are Eckerd College and University of Miami, each with seven awards.

Hollings Scholarships are awarded annually to students seeking careers in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology and education, in honor of long-time South Carolina Senator Ernest F. Hollings. Hollings served in Congress for 36 years and was instrumental in the creation of NOAA and was an advocate in creating legislation designed to protect the world’s oceans.

Past UNCW Hollings scholars include:

2014: Tyler Gampp, Chemistry and Mathematics; Shea Volkel, Marine Biology
2013: Jackie Kroeger, Marine Biology; Emma Rice, Biology; Alexa Sterling, Marine Biology
2011: Matthew Birk, Ecology; Andrew Niccum, Marine and Aquatic Sciences
2010: Julienne Beblo, Marine and Aquatic Sciences
2009: Kerri Allen, Physical Sciences; Heather Page, Biological, Life and Agricultural Sciences
2008: Sarah Fann, Marine and Aquatic Sciences
2006: Ashley Cedzo, Marine and Aquatic Sciences; Katherine Hart, Marine and Aquatic Sciences; Marian Landon, Marine and Aquatic Sciences
2005: Janie McGregor, Marine Biology; Charles White, Computer Science

"UNCW's success over the years with NOAA Hollings is not only indicative of the quality of students the university attracts but also the commitment of the faculty, staff and administration to supporting and promoting undergraduate research,” said Michael Mills, coordinator of major fellowships in the UNCW Honors College. “This record number of Hollings awards in a single year makes a significant statement to the academic scientific community about the important work being done at UNCW and should be a mark of pride for the entire institution."   

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with academic assistance (up to $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year and a full-time summer internship at a NOAA facility. If reappointed, they may receive academic assistance for a second 9-month academic year.

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.