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The Paul Samaras Scholarship

About The Scholarship

One of the foundational and guiding principles for the National Storm Chaser Summit Board of Directors is to provide educational resources for current and future storm chasers exercising proper forecasting, safety, and media etiquette. Moreover, the Summit further provides social and networking opportunities to storm chase community. Additionally, in order to provide further educational opportunities to current and potential future chasers, the NSCS has created a scholarship to be awarded, annually, to an outstanding undergraduate student seeking a major course of study within the S.T.E.M. or Photography/Videography disciplines. This scholarship is named in honor of Paul T. Samaras to provide a tribute and to salute his legacy of outstanding photography, videography, and production talents which were suddenly, and tragically, cut short on May 31, 2013 in El Reno, Oklahoma.

2023 Scholarship

The 2023 scholarship application is now closed. Thank you to all who applied! We will be selecting a recipient in November and notifying them in early December. The winner will be announced at the 2024 NSCS Summit!

Past Recipients 

2022 - Laci Graham

Laci is a Freshman at Ohio State University studying Meteorology and Civil Engineering. Her dream career has always been storm chasing and she is lucky enough to be getting to live it. After graduating from OSU, Laci wants to work in the National Weather Service and help create better weather models. She wants to use what she learns while storm chasing to create more affordable storm shelters and make sure there are safe places for all people for any disaster.

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