Scholarships

NOAA BIG  Barbara Tobe SCHOLARSHIP

NOAA BIG Barbara Tobe Scholarship

HISTORY OF THE SCHOLARSHIP

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) supports equal opportunity and diversity in the workforce.  It actively seeks and recruits women and minorities for current and future employment.  To that end, in 1996, the NOAA Chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG) established an African American Scholarship Committee that awards $1,000 scholarships each year to graduating seniors from local area high schools who plan to attend college immediately after high school.

The purpose of the scholarships is to assist exceptional African American students with college expenses and to introduce them to NOAA and future career possibilities.

WHO MAY APPLY?

  1. Children of current NOAA employees
    AND
    2.  Children of current NOAA contractor

    WHAT IS THE GENERAL CRITERIA?

Each applicant for the scholarship must indicate a desire to major or minor in one of the following NOAA-related categories: any of the sciences e.g. biology, physics, chemistry, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, meteorology; mathematics, computer science, engineering, information or management technology; business, management, administration, contracts, law, aviation, geography, medicine, or related fields.  In general, any college major or minor that relates to the oceans or the atmosphere or any major or minor that supports the NOAA administrative or managerial infrastructure.

WHAT IS THE SPECIFIC CRITERIA?

Each student that applies for this year’s NOAA BIG Scholarship must have graduated high school during the 2015 school year
(August 2015 to August 2016), must be enrolled in a college or university, and must excel in the following areas:

  1. Scholastic Achievement – must have a cumulative 3.0 or better grade point average.
  2. School Activities – must have participated in and excelled in an authorized school activity, e.g. band, football, cheerleading, 4H Club, computer club, science fair, etc. Excellence in a school activity is evidenced through awards received, recognition from either peers or teachers, administrators or sponsors.
  3. Leadership – must have demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities through personal achievements or from holding an office in an authorized school activity.
  4. Community Outreach – must have demonstrated a keen or abiding interest in the community from participation in community related activities e.g. Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, YMCA, YMCA, church choir, Homeless Shelters, food Drives, Humane Society etc.
  5. Special Talents/Award – identify any special talents e.g. musical, voice, dance, chess, pageant winner, science/math fair, etc.
  6. Moral Character – must exemplify the highest standards in good moral character.
  7. Future Goals – The Student must indicate a desire to major or minor in one of the following NOAA related categories: any of the sciences e.g. biology, physics, chemistry, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, meteorology; mathematics, computer science, engineering, information or management technology; business, management, administration, contracts, law, aviation, geography, medicine, or related fields.

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All applications must be submitted COB November 11, 2016.