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Loyola sophomore selected as a NOAA Ernest F. Hollings undergraduate scholar

Leah Rottler-Gurley, ’26, a Ernest F. Hollings undergraduate scholar

Sophomore Leah Rottler-Gurley, ’26, has been named a Class of 2024 Ernest F. Hollings undergraduate scholar by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education. Scholars receive a two-year academic scholarship for their junior and senior years, paid summer internship opportunities, and funding to participate in two national scientific conferences.

“I am very excited to work alongside NOAA professionals and other students in shaping the future of our planet as I learn research processes and hands-on skills that will give me a foundation for possible future career paths in conservation, ecology, evolutionary biology, and more,” said Rottler-Gurley.

A biology major and Spanish minor who is originally from Atco, New Jersey, Rottler-Gurley hopes to make as broad an impact as possible by addressing environmental injustice in what she views as her life’s work. She is interested in eventually pursuing a graduate degree in the field as part of her  professional journey.

During her time on campus, Rottler-Gurley has made her mark as an interfaith intern for Campus Ministry, and a member of the Chapel Choir and Evergreen Players. She will study abroad at the University of Alcalá in Madrid, Spain this fall.

“NOAA's awards are very competitive, and receiving the Ernest F. Hollings scholarship is a significant achievement,” said Terre Ryan, Ph.D., associate professor of writing and director of national fellowships. “The Hollings scholarship is a wonderful opportunity that will provide Leah with substantial field research experience that will prepare her for grad school and her future career.”