Fostering the Next Marine Researchers
Created in honor of the late Dr. Nancy Foster, former director of NOAA's National Ocean Service, the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship provides an opportunity for graduate students, especially women and minorities, to complete marine-related degrees that support research in NOAA’s national marine sanctuaries. NOAA and the National Marine Sanctuary System facilitate field experience and skill building for scholars, helping them pave the way for their future careers. By supporting a diverse array of students, the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship helps students overcome barriers to higher education and creates long-lasting ambassadors of science and NOAA. Over the last 20 years, the 79 students who have been awarded this prestigious scholarship have had the opportunity to collaborate and connect with NOAA staff as they develop their careers.