UM Students Selected As Hollings Scholars

Students receive scholarship and summer internship opportunities through NOAA

MIAMI—Nine University of Miami (UM) students were selected as 2017 Ernest F. Hollings Scholars. The UM recipients are among 110 Hollings Scholars selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from colleges and universities across the country.

The Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides undergraduate recipients with a scholarship award of up to a maximum of $9,500 for two academic years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time internship during the summer at a NOAA or partner facility.

UM’s 2017 Hollings Scholars are:

Anthony Bonacolta — Marine Science/Microbiology
Elena Conser — Marine Science/Biology and Math
Merril Froney — Marine Science/Microbiology
Rebecca Gilpin — Marine Science/Biology
Carolyn Hamman — Marine Science/Biology
Peter Hasslund — Marine Science/Biology
Kayla Laraia — Marine Science/Biology
Grant Voirol — Marine Science/Biology
Lily Wittle — Marine Science, Math and Computer Science

The Hollings undergraduate scholarships, awarded in honor of Senator Ernest F. Hollings (South Carolina-D) who championed the creation of NOAA and was among the most vocal of ocean advocates during his 36 years in Congress, are awarded annually to accredited college or university students interested in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology and education. The purpose of the Hollings Scholarship Program is to increase public understanding and recruit and prepare students for public service careers or careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science.

“We are very proud that every year, the University of Miami continues to receive one of the largest groups of Hollings Scholarships in the nation,” said Dr. Margie Oleksiak, associate dean for undergraduate studies at UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. “Since the award’s start in 2005, 66 of our students have been recognized with this honor, which not only reflects on their academic excellence and passion for tackling critical environmental science and policy problems, but also demonstrates the strength of our programs.”

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About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is one of the largest private research institutions in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, visit:

Top row left to right: Rebecca Gilpin, Carolyn Hamman, Kayla Laraia, Peter Hasslund
Bottom row left to right: Anthony Bonacolta, Merril Froney, Elena Conser, Lily Wittle, Grant Voirol

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