Laura Wood of Scarborough, a University of Maine sophomore in ecology and environmental sciences, has been awarded a 2008 Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The scholarship provides financial assistance for her junior and senior years, and a summer internship at a NOAA facility.

She is the daughter of Donna and Gregory Wood of Merrill

Brook Drive.

Wood will know the amount of her financial assistance during the summer. She also is considering several NOAA facilities in southern Maine for her internship.

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance up to $8,000 per year for full-time study during the academic year; a 10-week, full-time summer internship position at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance up to $8,000 for full-time study during a second nine-month academic year.

An average of 600 undergraduate college students apply for Hollings scholarships annually. Only about 100 scholars are selected each year.

The Hollings scholarship program is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research and education, and also foster multidisciplinary training opportunities.

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