Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, 74470-74471 [E8-28991]

Download as PDF 74470 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 236 / Monday, December 8, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 0811051417–81418–01] Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program AGENCY: Office of Education (OEd), Office of the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (USEC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Scholarship Opportunity. SUMMARY: NOAA announces the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program for FY 2009, and sets forth eligibility criteria and selection guidelines for the program. The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program was established through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (Pub. L. 108– 447). This Scholarship Program will provide approximately 100 undergraduate applicants selected for the program with scholarships to participate in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education. There is no guarantee that funds will be available to make awards to all qualified applicants. DATES: Completed applications must be received by January 30, 2009, at 5 p.m. eastern standard time. ADDRESSES: Applications for the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program will be available at http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/ Hollings_info.html. If an applicant does not have Internet access, hardcopy applications may be requested by contacting NOAA Office of Education, Hollings Scholarship Program, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 10703, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NOAA Hollings Scholarship at StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov or call 301–713–9437 x150. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: environmental literacy; (3) to recruit and prepare students for public service careers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other natural resource and science agencies at the Federal, state, local and tribal levels of government; and, (4) to recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States. The Hollings Scholarship Program will provide successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with ‘‘hands-on’’ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related scientific, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards will also include travel expenses to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, approved conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship. Authority The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program is established by the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under authority of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (Pub. L. 108–447). mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Background Funding Availability Approximately $3.5 million will be available for the award of a maximum of 100 two-year scholarships, dependent on the availability of appropriations. There is no guarantee that funds will be available to provide scholarships for all qualified students. The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program was established through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (Pub. L. 108–447). The purposes of the program include: (1) To increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and to foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) to increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and to improve Eligibility Any undergraduate student who is a U.S. citizen; enrolled as a full-time student in the Fall 2008 as a sophomore, at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. Territories; possesses a minimum 3.0 grade point average per academic term and cumulative on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other identified scale) in all completed undergraduate courses and in their major field of study; and has declared a major in a NOAA-related VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:32 Dec 05, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 discipline, including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, marine policy, physical and social sciences including, geography, physics, hydrology, meteorology, oceanography, or teacher education, that support NOAA’s programs and mission, may apply to this notification. The Hollings Scholarship Program will consider applications from all students that meet the above eligibility requirements. Evaluation Criteria Application will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 1. Relevant coursework (30%). 2. Education plan and statement of career interest (40%). 3. Recommendations and/or endorsements (reference forms) (20%). 4. Additional relevant experience related to diversity of education; extracurricular activities; honors and awards; non-academic and volunteer work; written and oral communications skills (10%). Selection Process An initial administrative review of applications is conducted to determine compliance with requirements and completeness of applications. Only complete applications in compliance with the requirements will be considered for review. Applications identified as incomplete or not in compliance with the requirements will be destroyed. All applications that meet the requirements and are complete will be evaluated and scored individually in accordance with the assigned weights of the evaluation criteria by an independent peer review panel, comprised of Federal and nonfederal employees. No consensus advice or recommendations will be given. A numerical ranking will be assigned to each application based on the average of the panelist’s ratings. The Program Officer will conduct a review of the rank order and make recommendations to the Selecting Official based on the panel ratings and the selection factors listed below. The Selecting Official, the Director of Education, NOAA, will consider merit reviews and recommendations and award in rank order unless the application is justified to be selected out of rank order based on one or more of the following selection factors: Selection Factors In determining final awards, the selecting official reserves the right to consider the following selection factors: E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 236 / Monday, December 8, 2008 / Notices Executive Order 12866 1. Availability of funds. 2. Balance/distribution of funds: a. Geographically. b. By type of institutions. c. Across academic disciplines. 3. Program-specific objectives. 4. Degree in scientific area and type of degree sought. This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) Repayment Requirement A Hollings Scholarship recipient shall be required to repay the full amount of the scholarship to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration if it is determined that the individual, in obtaining or using the scholarship, engaged in fraudulent conduct or failed to comply with any term or condition of the scholarship. Cost-Sharing Requirements There are no cost-sharing requirements. Intergovernmental Review Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ Limitation of Liability In no event will NOAA or the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal preparation costs if this program is cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this notice does not oblige NOAA to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. Applicants are hereby given notice that funding for the Fiscal Year 2009 program is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations. As defined in sections 5.05 and Administrative or Programmatic Functions of NAO 216–6, 6.03.c.3, this is an undergraduate scholarship and internship program for which there are no cumulative effects. Thus, it has been categorically excluded from the need to prepare an Environmental Assessment. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Paperwork Reduction Act Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), unless that collection displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship application form has been approved under OMB Control No. 0648–0568. 16:32 Dec 05, 2008 Jkt 217001 Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address above. The proposed systems reports, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r) of the Privacy Act, were submitted on November 26, 2008, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to paragraph 4c of Appendix I to OMB Circular No. A–130, ‘‘Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals,’’ dated February 8, 1996, (February 20, 1996, 61 FR 6427). Prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for rules concerning public property, loans, grants, benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements for the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared. Dated: December 2, 2008. Morgan E. Frazier, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. Louisa Koch, Director of Education, NOAA. [FR Doc. E8–28991 Filed 12–5–08; 8:45 am] SYSTEM LOCATION: BILLING CODE 3510–12–P F033 AFCA C SYSTEM NAME: USAF Information Technology ELearning System. SkillSoft: c/o VeriCenter/Sunguard; 20 Overland Street; Boston, MA 02215– 3309. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No. 0811051417-81418-01]


Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

AGENCY: Office of Education (OEd), Office of the Undersecretary of 
Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (USEC), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of Scholarship Opportunity.

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SUMMARY: NOAA announces the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program for 
FY 2009, and sets forth eligibility criteria and selection guidelines 
for the program. The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program was 
established through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (Pub. L. 
108-447). This Scholarship Program will provide approximately 100 
undergraduate applicants selected for the program with scholarships to 
participate in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, 
and education. There is no guarantee that funds will be available to 
make awards to all qualified applicants.

DATES: Completed applications must be received by January 30, 2009, at 
5 p.m. eastern standard time.

ADDRESSES: Applications for the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program 
will be available at http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/Hollings_info.html. If 
an applicant does not have Internet access, hardcopy applications may 
be requested by contacting NOAA Office of Education, Hollings 
Scholarship Program, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 10703, Silver Spring, 
Maryland 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NOAA Hollings Scholarship at 
StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov or call 301-713-9437 x150.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program was established through 
the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (Pub. L. 108-447). The 
purposes of the program include: (1) To increase undergraduate training 
in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education 
and to foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) to increase 
public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and 
atmosphere and to improve environmental literacy; (3) to recruit and 
prepare students for public service careers with the National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Administration and other natural resource and science 
agencies at the Federal, state, local and tribal levels of government; 
and, (4) to recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and 
educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific 
and environmental education in the United States.
    The Hollings Scholarship Program will provide successful 
undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance 
(up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-
month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/
week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, 
academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study 
during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first 
and second years of the award provides the scholars with ``hands-on'' 
practical educational training experience in NOAA-related scientific, 
research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. 
Awards will also include travel expenses to attend a mandatory Hollings 
Scholarship Program orientation, approved conferences where students 
present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do 
not reside at home during the summer internship.

Authority

    The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program is 
established by the Administrator of the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration under authority of the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act, 2005 (Pub. L. 108-447).

Funding Availability

    Approximately $3.5 million will be available for the award of a 
maximum of 100 two-year scholarships, dependent on the availability of 
appropriations. There is no guarantee that funds will be available to 
provide scholarships for all qualified students.

Eligibility

    Any undergraduate student who is a U.S. citizen; enrolled as a 
full-time student in the Fall 2008 as a sophomore, at an accredited 
college or university within the United States or U.S. Territories; 
possesses a minimum 3.0 grade point average per academic term and 
cumulative on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other identified scale) in 
all completed undergraduate courses and in their major field of study; 
and has declared a major in a NOAA-related discipline, including, but 
not limited to, oceanic, environmental, and atmospheric sciences, 
mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, marine policy, 
physical and social sciences including, geography, physics, hydrology, 
meteorology, oceanography, or teacher education, that support NOAA's 
programs and mission, may apply to this notification.
    The Hollings Scholarship Program will consider applications from 
all students that meet the above eligibility requirements.

Evaluation Criteria

    Application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    1. Relevant coursework (30%).
    2. Education plan and statement of career interest (40%).
    3. Recommendations and/or endorsements (reference forms) (20%).
    4. Additional relevant experience related to diversity of 
education; extracurricular activities; honors and awards; non-academic 
and volunteer work; written and oral communications skills (10%).

Selection Process

    An initial administrative review of applications is conducted to 
determine compliance with requirements and completeness of 
applications. Only complete applications in compliance with the 
requirements will be considered for review. Applications identified as 
incomplete or not in compliance with the requirements will be 
destroyed. All applications that meet the requirements and are complete 
will be evaluated and scored individually in accordance with the 
assigned weights of the evaluation criteria by an independent peer 
review panel, comprised of Federal and nonfederal employees. No 
consensus advice or recommendations will be given. A numerical ranking 
will be assigned to each application based on the average of the 
panelist's ratings. The Program Officer will conduct a review of the 
rank order and make recommendations to the Selecting Official based on 
the panel ratings and the selection factors listed below. The Selecting 
Official, the Director of Education, NOAA, will consider merit reviews 
and recommendations and award in rank order unless the application is 
justified to be selected out of rank order based on one or more of the 
following selection factors:

Selection Factors

    In determining final awards, the selecting official reserves the 
right to consider the following selection factors:

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    1. Availability of funds.
    2. Balance/distribution of funds:
    a. Geographically.
    b. By type of institutions.
    c. Across academic disciplines.
    3. Program-specific objectives.
    4. Degree in scientific area and type of degree sought.

Repayment Requirement

    A Hollings Scholarship recipient shall be required to repay the 
full amount of the scholarship to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration if it is determined that the individual, in obtaining or 
using the scholarship, engaged in fraudulent conduct or failed to 
comply with any term or condition of the scholarship.

Cost-Sharing Requirements

    There are no cost-sharing requirements.

Intergovernmental Review

    Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 
12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.''

Limitation of Liability

    In no event will NOAA or the Department of Commerce be responsible 
for proposal preparation costs if this program is cancelled because of 
other agency priorities. Publication of this notice does not oblige 
NOAA to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. 
Applicants are hereby given notice that funding for the Fiscal Year 
2009 program is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2009 
appropriations.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    As defined in sections 5.05 and Administrative or Programmatic 
Functions of NAO 216-6, 6.03.c.3, this is an undergraduate scholarship 
and internship program for which there are no cumulative effects. Thus, 
it has been categorically excluded from the need to prepare an 
Environmental Assessment.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is 
required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty 
for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the 
requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), unless that 
collection displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) control number. The Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship 
application form has been approved under OMB Control No. 0648-0568.

Executive Order 12866

    This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes 
of Executive Order 12866.

Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies 
with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 
13132.

Administrative Procedure Act/Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required 
by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for rules 
concerning public property, loans, grants, benefits, and contracts (5 
U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not 
required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical 
requirements for the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) 
are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not 
been prepared.

Louisa Koch,
Director of Education, NOAA.
[FR Doc. E8-28991 Filed 12-5-08; 8:45 am]
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