The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) honors Dr. Nancy Foster with a scholarship program. particularly for women and members of minority groups.
Dr. Nancy Foster was the former Assistant Administrator for Oceanic Services and Coastal Zone Management at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The scholarship celebrates her advanced understanding and appreciation of marine ecosystems. She died of a brain tumor on June 27, 2000.
The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program was signed into law on November 13, 2000. Other tributes to Dr. Nancy Foster include naming the Florida Keys Environmental Center in her honor and the NOAA ship NANCY FOSTER which was commissioned on May 10, 2004. Her legacy of leadership and outstanding contributions in advancing NOAA’s mission continues through the scholarship program.
The scholarship program supports master’s and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and all other science, engineering, social science and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas. The program covers tuition and a living stipend. There are numerous masters and doctoral level programs where scholars may apply the scholarship support, including UCLA the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, as well as other universities.