Scholarships for Undergraduates

URI's 2012 Hollings Scholars (left to right): Michael Canton, Benjamin Sevey, Callie Veelenturf, Sarah Merolla, Brenton Wallin, Eilea Knotts
URI’s 2012 Hollings Scholars (left to right): Michael Canton, Benjamin Sevey, Callie Veelenturf, Sarah Merolla, Brenton Wallin, Eilea Knotts

Most scholarship and loan opportunities for incoming students are available through the Admissions/Financial Aid process. The Scholarships listed below are for more advanced students.

NOAA Ernest Hollings Scholarship – This nationally competitive, two-year scholarship (which also includes a paid summer internship at a NOAA laboratory) is for students with majors in any marine-related discipline (and GPA’s > 3.0) who have career intentions that relate to NOAA’s mission.  The application DEADLINE is in January of the sophomore year. Since 2009, 23 URI students in Marine Biology, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology, and Ocean Engineering have received this prestigious scholarship (see below). Contact Dr. Webb ( or Kathleen Maher (National Scholarships Director, early in the Fall Semester and/or watch for announcements of information sessions. It is strongly recommended that applicants consult with Dr. Webb or Kathleen Maher as they develop the essay required for the Hollings application.

URI’s Hollings Scholarship Recipients

  • 2017 – Dawn Parry (Marine Biology/Education), Sara Shapiro (Marine Biology), Samantha Ward (Marine Biology)
  • 2016 – Johann Becker (Marine Biology/Ocean Engineering)
  • 2015 – Jessica Freedman (Marine Biology) and Jamie Schicho (Ocean Engineering)
  • 2014 – Rachell Marshall (Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology)
  • 2013 – Emily Bishop (Marine Biology), Catharine Egan (Marine Biology), Nicole Marone (Marine Biology/Ocean Engineering)
  • 2012 – Michael Canton (Marine Biology), Eilea Knotts (Marine Biology), Sarah Merolla (Marine Biology), Benjamin Sevey (Marine Biology), Callie Veelenturf (Marine Biology), Brenton Wallin (Ocean Engineering)
  • 2011 – Russell Dauksis (Marine Biology)
  • 2010 – Alexa Kretsch (Aquaculture), Benjamin Negrete (Marine Biology), Megan Nepshinsky (Marine Biology)
  • 2009 – Connor Capizzano (Marine Biology), Megan O’Brien (Marine Biology), Harrison Zimmer (Ocean Engineering)

Other Nationally-Competitive Scholarships (e.g., Goldwater, Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Truman, Udall, Boren, National Science Foundation REU’s and Graduate Research Fellowship, etc.) The URI Honors Program assists students in applying for these prestigious scholarships, and facilitates the University nomination process, where required. See: for application guidelines and a list of all URI recipients.  Contact Kathleen Maher, URI National Scholarships Director ( for more information.

  • 2012 – Fulbright Scholarship – Megan O’Brien (Marine Biology, Iceland)
  • 2012 – Goldwater Scholarship – Russell Dauksis (Marine Biology)
  • 2009 – Goldwater Scholarship – Megan O’Brien (Marine Biology)

US EPA Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Student Fellowship (GROUSF) ProgramTuition/stipend for junior and senior years and a summer internship at an EPA lab anywhere in the US (and including the Narragansett EPA Lab). For sophomores with GPA > 3.0. The solicitation is long/cumbersome, but read through it all and consult your advisor if you are interested. DEADLINE is in December of each year. See:

The Women Divers Hall of Fame ( is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and raising awareness of the contributions of outstanding women divers. A wide range of scholarships related to divers training and research are offered by the WDHOF. See:

Marine Technology Society – for student members as well as non-members. See:

Kalpana Chawla Scholarship –

Dolores E. Fisher Award See:

Senedia Scholarship Program  – The Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) is offering multiple $500 scholarships to matriculating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students.

Marine Aquarium Societies of North America offers a $2500 scholarship for a full-time undergraduate who will be seeking a degree in a marine science field. Selection will be based upon the student academic history and the student contributions and demonstrated commitment to the marine aquarium hobby.  See:

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