Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

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Application Deadline

December 6

Awarded By:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually. Last year, four awards were offered. *Please note: The number of recipients for this program varies according to the number of college students meeting the eligibility requirements in any given year.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be a full-time student.
  4. Must be currently pursuing or intending to pursue a master's or doctoral level degree in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology, including the curation, preservation, and display of maritime artifacts.
  5. Must have been accepted in to a graduate program at time of application.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is for minorities and female students studying in related fields or the exact fields: ocean and/or coastal: engineering, social science, marine education, marine stewardship, and resource management disciplines. Selections are based on academic excellence, letters of recommendations, research and career goals and financial need.

Application requirements for the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program are:

  • Application form
  • Personal statements (3)
  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • Proposal
  • Acceptance letter
  • Declaration
  • Official Transcript
Additional Information: Preference may be given to women and minority groups. Applications are evaluated using the follow criteria and weights: the student's academic record, and statement of intent (25 percent); quality of project and applicability to program priorities (35 percent); recommendation and/or endorsement letters (15 percent); additional relevant experience related to diversity of education, including work experience (15 percent); and the financial need of the student (10 percent).

Award Amount: Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships may provide, subject to appropriations, yearly support of up to $42,000 per student (a 12-month stipend of $30,000 in addition to an education allowance of up to $12,000), and up to $10,000 of support for a 4-6 week program collaboration at a NOAA facility.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $50,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, December 6

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, December 6

Scholarship program information is available online. The student must apply via the Grants.gov website using the 'Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance' (SF-424). To submit the form properly, the student must carefully follow detailed instructions. In addition to the completed application, the student must submit the following materials: a personal information sheet; a research proposal of no more than three pages in length detailing his/her research area; a statement of intent of no more than one page in length (this statement should be a self-description of his/her academic, research, and career goals, and how his/her proposed course of study or research will help him/her achieve these goals); a copy of his/her SAR (Student Aid Report); a statement of financial need; a letter from his/her institution certifying that he/she is enrolled or has been accepted for enrollment; and a 'declaration' certifying that all statements and information on his/her application are true and correct. Please note: The SAR is generated by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is available online, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. All supporting documents in the application package must be uploaded as Word or PDF files onto the grants website. Paper applications will only be accepted from students who do not have access to the internet. The complete application package must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EDT on the deadline date. The student must also request that official transcripts and two letters of recommendation be sent on his/her behalf to NOAA using the contact information listed under the 'How to Apply' link.
Contact: ATTN: Dr. Priti Brahma
Address: 1305 East West Highway SSMC4 11th Floor, Room 11423 Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

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