Five UA Students to Receive Hollings Scholarships

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Five University of Alabama students will receive the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship for 2014-2016.

The scholarship provides $8,000 a year for full-time study during the junior and senior years and $6,500 for a 10-week internship at NOAA or an NOAA-approved facility during the summer between the junior and senior years. The Hollings Scholarship is given in addition to existing awards the student may already receive.

UA ranks among the top four universities in the United States this year in terms of the number of Hollings Scholarships awarded. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration selected 106 students in 2014 for the highly competitive scholarships.

The University of Alabama students, all sophomores, are:

—  Jake Green, a mechanical engineering major from Spartanburg, S.C.

—  Nicole Kernahan, a marine science-biology major from Slidell, La.

—  Thomas Ludwig, a chemical engineering major from Brunswick, Ohio

—  Zoe Nichols, a marine science-biology major from Tuscaloosa

—  Leigh Terry, a Culverhouse College of Commerce student from Sylacauga

In addition, UA has two students admitted into the Hollings program in previous years. They are Zackery Morris (2012), a mechanical engineering major from Hoover; and Paula Adams (2013), a biology major from Athens.

The Hollings Scholarship Program is designed to improve undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research technology and natural resource education; increase public understanding of the importance of stewardship of the environment; and improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.


Richard LeComte, media relations,, 205/348-3782, 205/394-3040


Dr. Gary L. Sloan, coordinator of prestigious scholarships and awards, 205/348-8444,