Ashland University Student Selected as One of 2012 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars
Ashland University sophomore Mitch Ramsey has received the prestigious 2012 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship that is offered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Ramsey, an environmental science/geology major at Ashland University, is the son of Steven and Renee Ramsey of Bucyrus. He is a 2010 graduate of Bucyrus High School.
Ramsey is the first Ashland University student to be selected as a Hollings Undergraduate Scholar. This scholarship program provides academic assistance for two academic years beginning September 2012 through May 2014 and a summer internship in 2013, subject to academic performance.
“Mitch will receive a mentor when he is in Washington, D.C., in May and they will discuss the best placement for his internship for the summer of 2013, which could be in the U.S. or international,” said Dr. Michael Hudson, associate professor of geology. “In September, he will be notified of the specific possibilities for summer placement and in October, he will make his selection.”
According to Hudson, the scholarship carries with it substantial monetary value, approximately $25,000 counting two years of scholarship money, his summer paid internship and a variety of travel and accommodation expenses.
“Mitch was one of approximately 100 individuals worldwide selected for this award out of an applicant pool of at least 900,” Hudson said.
Dr. Dawn Weber, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ashland University, said a number of people should be congratulated following the announcement of this scholarship.
“This award recognizes the achievements of Mitch as well as the excellent work of our science faculty in the education and mentoring they have provided for him,” Weber said. “Congratulations to all.”
Ramsey will participate in the one-week mandatory Orientation Program held at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., beginning May 29. During the orientation, he will meet the NOAA Administrator, senior program managers and scientists from NOAA's organizations.
Following graduation from Ashland University, Ramsey hopes to pursue graduate training in the atmospheric sciences.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.