Shippensburg student earns prestigious NOAA scholarship

Samantha Rimbey knew years ago what she wanted to do for the rest of her life: Work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That dream is now real as NOAA recently awarded Rimbey the Earnest F. Holling Scholarship.  

Beginning September and continuing through May 2015, she will receive the scholarship as well as have a chance to do a summer internship with NOAA and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction.  rimbey 

Dr. Timothy Hawkins, professor of geography-earth science who is Rimbey’s academic adviser and taught her in his meteorology class, said the scholarship will enable her to meet and work with world-class scientists and help her establish valuable contacts.  

The sophomore geo-environmental major first heard about the scholarship when the meteorology class Hawkins was teaching took a field trip to the National Weather Service headquarters in State College. 

 “We were there and the guy talking about the scholarship said a lot of times it’s not for meteorology majors, but for geo-science majors. I thought, ‘Oh, that’s me.’ I was all excited.” 

According to Hawkins, “The Hollings scholarship is a very prestigious scholarship, so for Sam to win it, is a really nice accomplishment for her.”  

The scholarship provides two years worth of scholarships at $8,000 per year, a 10-week paid summer research internship at a NOAA facility, and pays for all her travel and lodging costs associated with the internship and professional conferences.  

“It’ll help me get to my overall goal, which is to work with NOAA. Everyone is so excited about it. (Hawkins) sent an e-mail out to the whole department the day I told him about it and the next day I was in class and my professor said ‘What is this I heard about a scholarship?’ Everyone is so excited — and they are the ones who helped prepare me to get it.”  

A video interview with Rimbey and Hawkins is available here.