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...this is what we hope we can do for motivated students like yourselves.
Help you open a door and help you take another step toward your dream.
--Dr. Nancy Foster

Introducing the 2013 Class of Nancy Foster Scholars: Tammy Lynne Silva, Lindsay Marks, Michael Fox. For photos and bios, please click here.

The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Application process is now CLOSED.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research -- particularly by female and minority students -- in oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology. Congress authorized the Program, as described in the National Marine Sanctuaries Amendments Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-513), soon after Dr. Foster's death in June 2000, as a means of honoring her life's work and contribution to the nation. The program is administered through NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and is funded annually with 1% of the amount appropriated each fiscal year to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to carry out the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.