National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program is a graduate award available to marine biology students and women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.Three or four scholarships are awarded each year to students working toward their masters or doctoral degrees. The awards include a 12-month stipend of $30,000 plus an educational allowance of up to $12,000. Students may also be eligible for an additional $10,000 for a two to six-week program collaboration at a NOAA facility.

Izaak Walton League of America- The IWLA offers National Conservation Scholarships (in the amount of $2,500) to undergraduate students in degree programs related to wildlife, fisheries, field biology, marine biology, zoology, and other conservation fields. Applicants must be juniors or seniors.

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California Sea Grants - Amount: VaryingThe state of California has a long-standing relationship with oceanography and marine biology. Home to some of the world’s premiere aquariums in Monterrey and Los Angeles, the Golden State is proud of its 840 miles of Pacific coastline and often ties the ocean into their culture. Located in the state’s naval hub, the University ofCalifornia San Diego often makes a concerted effort to attract students of all stripes to their school to pursue majors in marine science.

National Ocean Scholar Program - Founded in 1997 to increase interest in marine sciences among the youth, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is an academic competition centered around the ocean, its ecosystems, and its effects on human life. According to the NOSB webpage, nearly 28,000 students have participated in the program over the past two decades, averaging out to 1,400 a year. As a way to give back to the student community at large, the NOSB sponsors the annual National Ocean Scholar Program to their alumni who aim to work in either oceanography or marine biology. The NOSB holds both academic excellence and integrity in high demand, necessitating both for inclusion in the field.

Don Reynolds Memorial Scholarship - According to recent statistics, there are over 3.5 million registered SCUBA divers in the United States, making it one of the country’s more popular recreational activities. To buoy (no pun intended) support for SCUBA, many organizations have sprung up worldwide since the activity first took off among the general public in the 1990s. Many of these organizations recognize the importance of studying the marine ecosystems often visited by divers. One such organization, Beneath The Sea, bills itself on its website as “America’s Largest Consumer SCUBA and Dive Travel Show.

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship - Amount: $9,500 - Named for Ernest Frederick Hollings, a Democratic Senator from South Carolina who served in congress from 1966 to 2005, this scholarship offers a ten-week internship working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Perhaps the most prestigious field scholarship for undergraduate marine biology majors, the Hollings Scholarship offers an academic stipend of up to $9,500 a year as well as a $700 weekly salary for the paid internship.


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