University of South Carolina

USC student named Hollings Scholar

By Jennifer Bess, bessj@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-0958

A rising junior majoring in environmental science at the University of South Carolina has been chosen as a 2013 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholar. Mallori Williams brings the total number of USC Hollings Scholars to 18 over the nine years of this national competition, with 10 won in the past three years.

Participation in the Hollings Scholarship Program exposes rising juniors and seniors to the mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and to the nation’s long history of ocean and atmospheric stewardship, reflected in the dedicated career of retired U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings of South Carolina. Hollings Scholars are expected to become scientists, policy-makers or educators in the future U.S. oceanic and atmospheric workforce. The class of 2013 Hollings Scholars includes 126 students from across the country.

Williams is involved in sustainable efforts on campus including Students Advocating for a Greener Environment (SAGE) and a variety projects through Carolina’s Service Saturday programs. She is a member of Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society and Association of African American Students (AAAS) and serves as the community service and membership chair for AAAS.

Williams complements her major program of study in environmental science with undergraduate research in the lab of Jill Anderson, an evolutionary biologist, in the USC biological sciences department. Ultimately, she aims to work on the state or federal level on environmental health issues.

She is the daughter of Angela and Keith Williams of Graniteville, S.C., and is a graduate of Franklinton High School in Franklinton, N.C.

Hollings Scholars study a variety of disciplines including biological, life, and agricultural sciences; physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; social and behavioral science; and teacher education. The scholarship provides up to $8,000 of academic assistance per school year for full-time study during the junior and senior years. A required, 10-week paid ($650/week) summer internship including travel and living expenses is also included.

Hollings Scholars were assisted by Claudia Benitez-Nelson, adviser for this scholarship and director of the marine science program, with a joint appointment in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

“The Hollings Scholarship is one of the top honors that an undergraduate majoring in marine or environmental science can receive, and highlights the outstanding students within School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment here at USC,” Benitez-Nelson said.

Hollings Scholars are also aided by the university’s Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs. Carolina students interested in applying for national fellowships are encouraged to contact the office for assistance.

Posted: 05/15/13 @ 11:00 AM | Updated: 05/16/13 @ 9:22 AM | Permalink