Jonah Pereyra, a sophomore atmospheric and oceanic science and environmental science and policy (marine and coastal management concentration) double-degree student at the University of Maryland, received a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship.
The scholarship, awarded to roughly 120 students across the country, providing recipients with up to $19,000 in academic assistance over two years, plus a full-time, 10-week paid internship at a NOAA facility during the summer between their first and second scholarship year. This year, six UMD students were named NOAA Hollings Scholars.
“As someone who is passionate about protecting our natural resources, I am honored to receive this award and I am grateful to the Hollings program for its support,” Pereyra said. “This scholarship will provide me with research experience to build my skill set while working for NOAA and the opportunity to have an impact on my community.”
Pereyra isn’t yet sure what NOAA office he would like to intern with in summer 2023, however, he’s most excited about the opportunity to potentially study coral reefs, specifically, “to better understand the causes and contributing factors to coral bleaching.”
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