As part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl’s (NOSB) continuing effort to recognize achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the Consortium for Ocean Leadership offers the National Ocean Scholar Program. This scholarship program provides tuition assistance for NOSB students who will pursue a marine-related topic area in their post-high school education.
Winners for this year are:
- Katherine Ball from Lake Stevens, Washington; attending the University of Washington to major in Physical Oceanography
- Alanna Kieffer from Seaside, Oregon; attending Oregon State University and majoring in Biology, with a concentration in Marine Biology
- Andrew Levorse from Manahawkin, New Jersey; attending the University of Richmond, majoring in Environmental Studies
- Rachel Liu from San Francisco, California; attending the University of California Santa Barbara, majoring in Marine Biology; and
- Tyler O’Keefe from Spring Valley, Wisconsin; attending Carleton College to major in Biological Sciences.
The NOSB held its first ever online crowd-sourcing campaign, Get in the Game, from April to May 2014 to raise funds for the 2014 National Ocean Scholar Program, as well as costs associated with the 2014 National Finals Competition that was held May 1-4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. Program participants, family members and supporters gave over $13,000 to the NOSB program during the campaign.
A $500,000 donation from philanthropists and ocean advocates Wendy and Eric Schmidt ensured the 2014 NOSB regional and national competitions were held and successful. However, funding issues have continued to loom for the program since the 2013 federal budget cuts caused a major reduction in the NOSB’s budget.
“In a rapidly changing world, it’s essential that our nation has a well-trained talented workforce to address the emerging challenges to our ocean environment,” said Bob Gagosian, President & CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. “I’m proud to help support these students, who have already firmly demonstrated their expertise in − and commitment to − the ocean sciences. I’m confident that these brilliant young minds will succeed in making sure we have a healthy and sustainable ocean environment for generations to come.”
In order to be considered, applicants submitted an application, SAT/ACT scores, two written essays and two letters of recommendations. Each application was reviewed by three reviewers from various departments and backgrounds within the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Reviewers used a provided rubric to evaluate each application. All three scores were summed and averaged. The top five candidates with the highest average scores received scholarships.