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University of Minnesota Twin Cities student awarded NOAA Hollings Scholarship

Jessica Jurcek

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has selected Jessica Jurcek, a sophomore in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) majoring in Environmental Sciences Policy and Management and Journalism, to receive an Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship. The Hollings Scholarships award 110 college sophomores up to $9,500 a year for their junior and senior years and a paid internship at a NOAA facility during the summer in between.

Jurcek grew up on a family farm near Hebron, Wis., where her parents and grandparents practiced environmentally sensitive and stewardship-minded agriculture. Elected to the National Youth Advisory Council of the Farmers Union, she represented the interests of young farmers in organizational planning and gained experience as an advocate for agricultural policy. She has continued this work at the University of Minnesota, where she became a Policy Engagement Fellow in CFANS, which has given her additional opportunities to meet with elected officials, agency leaders and policy advocates. Jurcek is particularly concerned about water resources and sustainable agricultural water use. In addition to her majors, she is completing a minor in water science and plans to continue her studies with a graduate degree in environmental law and policy.

The Hollings scholarship is intended to increase public awareness of oceanic and atmospheric science, recruit and prepare students for public service careers in science and natural resources or as science educators. Five previous University of Minnesota students have been selected as Hollings Scholars. University of Minnesota Twin Cities students who are interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Timothy Jones in the Office of National and International Scholarships at

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Mon, 07/27/2020 - 15:42
University of Minnesota Twin Cities student awarded NOAA Hollings Scholarship
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities