Goldwater and Hollings Scholarship Info Session

Thursday, November 6, 3:00-4:00
Berry 104

Sophomores and Juniors! Please join us for information sessions about the Goldwater and Hollings scholarships for science and math. The College has had great success with these awards in the past. The Goldwater has a mandatory internal process, so you must be nominated through CofC’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. The Hollings Scholarship does not have an internal process, but you are encouraged to seek help on your application materials through our office. We’re here to help. Come by to learn more about these opportunities. If you are interested in either award, please fill out an Applicant Profile Form on the NCA site. Contact Dr. Vander Zee if you’re interested in applying but are unable to make the info session. Below, you can learn more about each scholarship opportunity.

Goldwater Scholarship

The premier award for undergraduates preparing for careers in engineering, math, and the natural sciences. Applicants are evaluated based on outstanding academic performance and potential for careers in related areas. Pre-medical students may apply only if their career interest is research rather than clinical. Institutional nomination required. About 320 awards are given each year. CofC can only nominate up to four students.

Eligibility: Current sophomores or juniors with research experience and strong mentor support. Applicants must work through the NCA office to receive internal nomination.

  • Award: Maximum of $7,500 annually, covers eligible undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board (for one or two years, depending on whether student wins as a junior or as a sophomore).
  • Deadlines:
    • Internal: January 16
    • National: January 30
  • Notes: research experience will help you be more competitive, but a high GPA is essential as well: in 2014, winners had a 3.9 average GPA.
  • On the Web: Goldwater Scholarship

Hollings Scholarship

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;  increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; recruit and prepare students for public service careers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and 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.

  • Eligibility: sophomores (or juniors if taking a fifth year) studying biological, life, and agricultural sciences; physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; social and behavioral science; and teacher education.
  • Award: The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year.
  • Deadline: Late January
  • On the Web: Hollings Scholarship


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