EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

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EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) has brought to you an undergraduate scholarship program. This scholarship targets students with outstanding academic performance studying at minority-serving institutions. The scholarship provides funds for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields that support NOAA’s mission. The participants will also have to conduct research at an NOAA facility during two paid summer internships.

Students who are enrolled in minority-serving institutions as defined by the US Department of Education are eligible to apply for the scholarship program. The applicants must be U.S nationals or the US. Citizens at the time of applying for the scholarship. The scholarship grants award valued up to $45,000 in total support (including travel and conference participation) during their junior and senior years. The applications for the following scholarship will start from September 1, 2021, and will end through January 2022.

The Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions is a generous initiative taken by José E. Serrano to offer to fund minority-serving institutions and students attending MSIs through national competitions and scholarships. With over 20 years of experience, the program has contributed collaboratively with MSI faculty and staff to increase the opportunities for education, training, and research in the NOAA mission.

Brief Description

Here is a brief description for you concerning the following scholarship:

Educational LevelUndergraduate students
Access ModeOnline
Number of Awards1
Contest DeadlineJanuary 2022
Application FeesNot required
RequirementsNo specific requirements

Who is Eligible?

Following are the eligibility requirements that need to be satisfied for participating in the following scholarship contest:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals. 
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time 2nd-year student in a four-year academic program, or transferring from a two-year to a four-year institution, or a 3rd-year student in a five-year program.
  • Studying a discipline related to NOAA’s programs and mission at an accredited minority-serving institution (college or university within the United States or U.S. territories).
  • Must earn and maintain a minimum 3.2-grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

How to Apply?

The interested individuals are required to fill out the application form provided on the scholarship portal and submit it. The application form must be completed by providing all the correct and reliable information.


All the applications will be reviewed and judged, and out of all, the most deserving candidates will be chosen and be announced as the winners. The winner will be awarded the following benefits:

  • Students will receive awards valued at up to $45,000 in total support (including travel and conference participation) during their junior and senior years.
  • Students have to complete an 11 week paid summer internship and training at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, between May and July of the first summer.
  • During the second summer, students complete 10 weeks of paid internships at NOAA facilities across the country. Students are paid a stipend and receive a housing allowance during summer internships.
  • Student scholarship recipients attend a two-week orientation at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, and begin their first summer internship in early June.
  • At the end of both summer internships, students present the results of their projects at an Education and Science Symposium in Silver Spring, MD (travel expenses paid).

Application Deadline

The deadline for application submission for the following scholarship is January 2022. No applications will be considered after the deadline.

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