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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 (especially for incoming students) are available through the Admissions/Financial Aid process. The Scholarships listed below are for more advanced students. See the websites indicated below for information about qualifications of applicants.

Nationally-Competitive Scholarships (e.g., Goldwater, Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, etc.) The URI Honors Program assists students in applying for these prestigious scholarships, and facilitates the University nomination process, where required. Contact Kathleen Maher, National Scholarships Director (874-5875; kmaher@uri.edu) for more information. See also: http://www.uri.edu/hpr/Scholarships.html

NOAA Ernest Hollings Scholarship – This two-year scholarship (which also includes a summer internship at a NOAA laboratory) is for students in any discipline relating to NOAA’s mission. It is applied for during the sophomore year. Three URI students received this scholarship in 2009; another three students received the scholarship in 2010 (Press Release). DEADLINE is in January of each year. Contact Dr. Webb or Kathleen Maher (National Scholarships Director, 874-5875;kmaher@uri.edu) early in the Fall Semester and/or watch for announcement of information session about the application process. For more Info, see: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/Hollings_info.html

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: www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_gro_undergrad.html

The Women Divers Hall of Fame ( www.wdhof.org) 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.

Rhode Island Foundation - Scholarships for Rhode Island residents See: http://www.rifoundation.org/Scholarships/ScholarshipOpportunities/tabid/190/Default.aspx

Nauset Garden Club Scholarships – for residents of Cape Cod - http://www.nantucket.org/gardenclub/

Marine Technology Society – for student members as well as non-members. See: https://www.mtsociety.org/education/scholarships.aspx

Oceanic Research Group – http://www.oceanicresearch.org/scholarship/scholarship.htm

Kalpana Chawla Scholarship -  http://blueocean.org/programs/next-wave-youth-education/blue-ocean-scholarship/

Dolores E. Fisher Award See: http://www.melfisher.org/education.htm

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 for the 2010/2011 academic year. Application is available on the website. The deadline for completed applications via USPS in March 30, 2010, and midnight Friday, April 2, 2010 if filed electronically.

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. For 2010, applications must be postmarked / e-mailed by July 1, 2010. Announcement of the winner will be made on Saturday, 4 September 2010 during the banquet of MASNA’s Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) XXII in Orlando, Florida.
http://www.masna.org/AboutMASNA/MASNAScholarship/tabid/83/Default.aspx.

The Lois Yoder-Swaim Memorial Scholarship - provides funding for deserving students who agree to conduct a project in cooperation with the staff of a National Estuarine Research Reserve. The program provides students with a scholarship of $1,000 or more to assist in post-secondary education. Scholarships are paid directly to a student for use at his/her discretion for room, board, tuition, supplies, or equipment. A scholarship selection committee will choose the recipient(s). Preference will be given to students studying the environmental or natural sciences, public policy, environmental or natural resource economics, or science education. Applicants should develop a project in cooperation with staff from reserve, and must to contact a reserve manager for guidance and to request a letter of support. Areas of focus for projects are: social sciences and their link to the estuarine environment and improving human communities;earth science education for K-12 students focused on the estuarine environment; public policy and the estuarine environment; and estuarine ecology or physical oceanography. See: http://www.nerra.org/PageID/219/default.aspx.

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